Making Meadows appeal
For the butterflies and the bees, the birds and the memories; with your support, we’re making more space for nature. Please donate to help us bring back the wildflower meadows we’ve lost from our countryside
Wildflower meadows provide vital habitats for much of our wildlife, but what if they disappeared forever? As a nation we’ve lost 97 per cent of wildflower meadows since the 1930s. Thanks to your generous donations, we’re now starting to create and restore 1,000 hectares of meadow land across the UK. But there's still more work to be done.
Only 3 per cent of our national wildflower meadows remain. This staggering loss has stripped our bees, butterflies, birds and mammals of their natural homes and contributed to a devastating decline in our wildlife population.
Donate to protect and create more meadows
With your continued support, we want to create and restore flower-rich grass and meadowland habitats, so life and colour can flourish once again. By donating to the meadows appeal, you'll be helping bring back our magnificent meadows for everyone, for ever.
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The figures are frightening, but you can help fight back
- Since the 1930s, almost 6.4 million hectares of wildflower meadows have been lost
- In the UK 30% of butterflies are under threat of extinction
- The UK's turtle doves have suffered a 98% decline in population since 1970
" Our newly restored meadows at Dunstable Downs are an island refuge for wildlife. Now alive with the buzz of bees and flutter of butterflies, the subtle shades of wildflowers build into a mosaic of colour. Deer and brown hares also use these vital fields as corridors. The longer you spend in the meadows, the more you discover."
Why meadows are so important
Homes for pollinators
When wildflower meadows disappear so do our pollinators. More than 50 of our wild bees have declined, and two species of bumblebees have vanished from the UK.
Greening flower power
Meadows are useful for preventing flooding and help to combat climate change. They store and clean rain water, and capture carbon.
Protecting hundreds of rare species
Wildflower meadows provide food and shelter for many insects and plants that, in turn, support small mammals and birds, like the skylark and the turtle dove.
Places for enjoying nature
There's nothing like the feeling of brushing your hands against long grasses in summer meadows. It's part of our childhood and natural heritage.
Why give to the National Trust?
As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For everyone, for ever.