Celebrate meadow month at Fell Foot during July

A la Ronde summer hay meadow

To celebrate National Meadow Day in July, we're having not just one day but a whole month of activities from walks and talks to dry stone walling demonstrations.

We're celebrating hay meadows here at Fell Foot, on the shore of Lake Windermere.

Throughout July, visitors to Fell Foot can immerse themselves in the 'Round the Meadow Walk'. We're also running meadow flower ID workshops, butterfly survey walks, guided walks with guest speakers, and art workshops to get a different perspective. School groups are coming along to run a school art project and survey the meadow.

What's on?

2 July is our open day where people can learn flower id, there will be a dry stone walling demo and guided walks on the day.

12  and 19 July Meadow survey workshops will be happening between 10am-3pm  Learn how to id meadow plants and then carry out surveys afterwards. People need to dress for the weather, bring a packed lunch,  hot drinks will be provided. Email joanne.day@nationaltrust.org.uk for more info or to book a place.

Throughout the month we will have kids tracker packs with a BIG meadow challenge in.  The tracker packs will be £3.50 to hire, there will also be an adults self-led guided walk.

Northern Marsh Orchid at Fell Foot
" We are so proud of our beautiful meadow. It is a huge conservation success story, bringing together volunteers from all walks of life to redevelop the once bland grassland into the splash of colour it is today. Time spent in the meadow revitalises you as you are immersed in the smell of the flowers and plug into the orchestra of the insects and birds that live there, it’s what summers are all about! "
- Joanne Day, Area Ranger, South East Cumbria and Morecambe Bay

Why are meadows important?

They are a valuable ecological resource, and support such a range of species such as hay rattle, yellow rattle, clover, buttercups, insects, small mammals, barn owls and corncrakes.

There has been a 97 percent loss of hay meadows over the last fifty years.

The traditional practice of making hay means leaving the grass through the summer and cutting the grass later, which allows the rarer flower species to flower, thanks to pollination from bees, and then seed.

We've created a new meadow at Fell Foot recently.

Here at Fell Foot hundreds of volunteers over two years have planted 12,000 plug plants to turn the high production agricultural grassland with very few species of plants, into a rich wild flower meadow. Our meadow is now buzzing with insects and busy with swooping birds. Our tenant farmer has provided sheep to graze ensuring nutrients are kept low and reducing the density of the grasses that would otherwise smother our beautiful flowers.