Making Meadows appeal

As a nation we've lost 97 per cent of wildflower meadows since the 1930s, with a huge knock-on effect to wildlife and plants. Can you help us create and restore more vital habitats like meadows to help save wildlife and biodiversity?

A meadow of wildflowers and grasses in the countryside near Aira Force and Ullswater, Cumbria
Harvest mouse in fluffy grasses, Plymouth, Devon

Help save the nation's meadows

Sadly, there's just not as much meadow as there used to be. The impact on insects, wildflowers, birds and wildlife has been devastating. As a conservation charity and in our land, outdoors and nature work, we’re striving hard to rectify this by creating and restoring 'priority' wildlife habitats on 10 per cent of all the land we care for.

From Llanunwas in Pembrokeshire to Penrose in Cornwall, we aim to make the equivalent of over 33,000 Premier League football pitches worth of newly-restored meadows and grasslands by 2025. But we need your support. Will you help us make more meadows by donating today?

The figures are frightening, but you can help fight back

  • Since 1900, almost 1.6 million hectares of wildflower meadows have been lost
  • In the last decade alone, 72% of our butterflies have disappeared
  • The UK's turtle doves have suffered a 93% decline in population

Donate to Making Meadows appeal

Please select an amount

£15 could restore a patch of meadow of over 37 square metres
£30 could buy 6 small bales of green hay from local flower-rich fields, used to spread seeds across a new area of meadow
£50 could purchase about 40 yellow rattle flowers, ready for planting
Or enter your own amount

Why meadows are so important


The sights and sounds of a meadow in creation

From the White Peak hay meadows, amid the sounds of skylarks and long grass swishing, Rachel Bennett, the National Trust’s Peak District lead ranger tells us what's being done to save these beautiful and vital wildlife havens. Help us protect species like the large blue butterfly, the turtledove and the great yellow bumblebee before it's too late.

" The National Trust is doing everything it can to create more space for nature so that we can bring back and restore all those wild flowers, all of those birds, all of those bees that we've lost from the countryside in the last 50 years."
- Alex Raeder, Natural Environment Consultancy Manager, National Trust


We're a charity and rely on your donations to help our conservation work

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 ever, for everyone.

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