Wander through our wildflower meadow
Once a rugby pitch, Cae Maes y Fran is now a beautiful wild flower meadow and a haven for wildlife.
Cae Maes y Fran (pronounced Ka-ee Mah-es er Vrahn) is home to a huge variety of naturally occuring plants and flowers, supporting a wide range of insects, animals and birds.
Thousands of orchids sit beside red clover, yellow rattle, cat’s ear and meadow buttercups while buzzing bees and butterflies flit between the flowers. Skylarks rise and swoop above the grasses. With views looking out over the mountains of Snowdonia, this really is a special place.
The diverse range of plants and flowers also makes it a perfect home for our resident honey bees, cared for by our friendly tennant beekeeper, Katie Hayward of Felin Honeybees.
How to visit the meadow
This year (2018) we have opened up paths through the meadow so you can roam and enjoy this precious place for yourself. Just ask at the Visitor Centre for directions and more information.
As well as being able to stroll through the meadow this summer you can also learn more about this special place on organised events like our Tea With The Head gardener:Wildflower Special and with our beekeeper Katie every weekend in July during Bee Month.
During July, young nature hunters can also pick up a Junior Ranger Pack for a £5 deposit and set off through the long grass on a nature hunt - how many species you can spot?
Taking care of the meadow
The meadow is carefully managed and monitored by our team. Regular once-yearly cuts of hay allow the flowers to go to seed. Also our no fertiliser policy has helped to encourage and establish the fabulous meadow we have today. It’s become a great example of nature conservation in action
The meadow is not only a special place at Plas Newydd but for the whole of Anglesey as it was chosen as a Coronation Meadow to represent the Isle of Anglesey in 2013.
The Coronation Meadow Scheme was set up by Prince Charles, identifying 60 flagship wildflower meadows to represent the counties of the British Isles.