Looking after hay meadows in the Lake District

Once the very essence of a carefree English summer, hay meadows are in decline. Since the 1930s, over 97 per cent of the UK’s hay meadows have vanished, from more than 3 million hectares to less than just 12,000 remaining today. That's why we're working hard with our tenant farmers to restore hay meadows in the Lake District, providing vital habitats for wildlife. Did you know that an area of five acres is typically home to more than a tonne of insect life? The long grassland also provides valuable cover for nesting birds like the endangered curlew as well as mammals including brown hares. We'd love you to join our celebrations this summer, starting on National Meadows Day, 7 July 2018.

Rangers surveying a hay meadow at Hill Top farm, Near Sawrey, Cumbria

Looking after Hill Top's hay meadows

The hay meadows at Hill Top are an iconic part of the farm that Beatrix Potter loved and worked in. During the month of July we're celebrating their rich diversity and discovering more about these havens for nature.

Wildflower meadows in Langdale Cumbria

Langdale Wildflower Meadows  

As wildflower meadows cover parts of the Langdale Valley with colour this summer, you're invited to come along and find out more about them and how we're looking after them.

A la Ronde summer hay meadow

Meadow Month at Fell Foot 

Come one and all to celebrate hay meadows at Fell Foot - we've a willow trail running throughout July and a bio-blitz for the whole family on National Hay Meadow Day.

Group of National Trust Rangers in Loweswater meadow

Celebrating Meadow Month in the North Lakes 

We're looking back on a walk at Loweswater and a guided tour with our tenant farmer at High Snab Farm, Newlands valley, last Meadow Month.