Wildflower meadows from Kent and East Sussex

Grassland habitats are the most fascinating, complex natural metropolis. Flowering grasses provide shelter for wildlife and protect the soil from excess evaporation. The flowers are good food sources for insects at risk from habitat loss and pesticides. Insects are essential to a healthy ecosystem and are food for countless birds and mammals. You can even create your own small meadow at home by leaving an area un-mowed. Our rangers in Kent and East Sussex are actively creating new wildflower meadows, and managing existing ones, to increase the wildlife they support.

Front view of Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire

Places in the South East where you need to book 

Some of our places we care for in the South East of England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.

Yellow rattle in the wildflower meadow

Wildflowers at Bateman's

Discover wildflowers in the fields, woods and hedgerows across the Bateman's estate.

Wildflower meadow underneath the apple trees

Wildflower meadows at Ightham Mote

Wildflower meadows are our most diverse habitat, supporting up to 40 species of wildlife per square metre. But since the 1930s, about 97% of Britain's wildflower meadows have been lost.

Yellow rattle and green-winged orchids in a meadow on the estate

Looking after rare orchids at Scotney Castle

If you've visited in the summer and thought the lawn on the terraces was looking scruffy, and in need of a cut, rest assured it deliberately being left this way to encourage rare orchids growing here to thrive.

Alliums in the Orchard Meadow at Chartwell

Meadow restoration at Chartwell

We're currently in the middle of a long-term project to restore a meadow down in the apple orchard and in front of the studio at Chartwell, encouraging wildflowers and nature back to our gardens.