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, 1 July 2017.

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. We'd love you to join us on 1 July to celebrate their rich diversity and to discover more about these havens for nature.

Wildflower meadows in Langdale Cumbria

Celebrating hay meadows in Langdale

Once the very essence of a carefree English summer, hay meadows are in decline. That's why we're working hard with our tenant farmers to restore hay meadows, providing vital habitats for wildlife. Find out about our Lake District wide celebration of hay meadows kicking off with special events at key sites to celebrate National Meadows Day on Saturday 1 July.

A la Ronde summer hay meadow

Celebrate meadow month at Fell Foot during July

Visitors to Fell Foot can immerse themselves in the Round the Meadow Walk. Throughout July, we'll be running meadow flower ID workshops, butterfly survey walks, guided walks with guest speakers and art workshops.

Group of National Trust Rangers in Loweswater meadow

Celebrate National Haymeadows Day in the North Lakes 

We're celebrating National Haymeadows Day with a guided walk at Loweswater in the morning and a walk with our tenant farmer at High Snab Farm, Newlands valley in the afternoon.