Meet the National Trust’s magnificent meadows

Press release
Published : 02 Jul 2018

In celebration of National Meadows Day (Saturday, 7 July), the National Trust in Wales is hosting a series of events so everyone can experience glorious wildflowers, butterflies and bees.

Taking a stroll through a wild meadow at sunrise or sunset in summer is a magical moment. Sadly, around 97% of meadows have been lost since the 1930’s, but through the ‘Save Our Magnificent Meadows’ partnership project, the National Trust has revived and restored meadow landscapes across Wales, for  everyone to enjoy.

So, pack your picnic bags ready for bug hunting, bee spotting, honey tasting and general meadow mayhem! There’s something to suit everyone, including walks and talks with our Rangers where you can hear all about how we look after our meadows in Wales.

North West Wales

Tea with the Head Gardener: Wildflower Meadow Special at Plas Newydd, Anglesey
Wednesday 11th July 2pm-3:30pm 

Booking essential (£10 plus entry fee for non-members) 
Join the Head Gardener, Bill Warrell for a special walk and talk around the newly opened Wildflower Meadow as it bursts into life in Summer. To book a space please call 01248 714795 or visit the website. The meadow will be open as usual for those not attending the talk. 

The BIG mini-beast hunt at Plas yn Rhiw 
Saturday 7th July 11am – 4pm

Normal admission charges apply
Come to Plas yn Rhiw for a day of mini-beast hunts and butterfly counts in the meadow and orchard or have a go at nature colour bingo, wild art and face painting. 

Beefest at Bodnant Garden 
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 11am – 4pm 

Normal admission charges apply
See a bee hive up close or try a bee suit on with National Beekeeping Centre Wales or have a taste of honey, make a beeswax candle or play some bee bingo. Pick up a survey sheet at reception when you visit and fill in how many bees you spot for the Great British Bee Count with Friends of the Earth.

North East Wales

Scything drop in event at Chirk Castle 
Saturday 7th July 10am – 3pm 

Normal admission charges apply
See traditional scythes in action and have a go yourself in front of the castle with the Rangers. There will also be plant ID and bug ID drop in sessions through the day to find out more about how wildflower meadows support a varied eco system, and how important they are to pollinators. 

South West Wales

Guided Walks, bug hunts and children’s activities at Dinefwr Castle 
Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm

Normal admission charges apply
Take a glorious walk through flower rich meadows. In midsummer you'll see orchids, ox-eye daisies, bright-eyes and yellow rattle. The abundance of these flowers means the meadows are alive with insects too. Look out for the pretty ringlet butterfly which flourishes here.

Talks on how to encourage wildlife in your gardens at Llanerchaeron 
Saturday 7th July 11am-4pm 

Normal admission charges apply
The meadow at Llanerchaeron will be open for people to explore and to talk to organisations such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Ceredigion Bat Society and West Wales Hedgehog Rescue about how you can encourage wildlife in your gardens.

Family day at the Vile, Rhossili 
Saturday 7th July 11am – 2pm

Normal admission charges apply
Bring a picnic along to the Vile to enjoy in one of the meadows where there will be an opportunity to play the pollinator game, make butterfly kites and explore the meadow to see what plants you can find.

South East Wales 

Biodiversity and bug hunting at Dyffryn Garden
Saturday 7th July 12pm – 3pm
Normal admission charges apply
Two gardeners will be on the North Field meadow with magnifying glasses, plant indents, and flower pressing activities so visitors can learn about what the National Trust are doing to increase the biodiversity in the gardens at Dyffryn. 

Priority Grasslands at Tredegar
Saturday 7th July 10:30am – 5pm

Normal admission charges apply
When you visit Tredegar House on National Meadows Day, look out for the maze of long grass and meandering pathways at the far end of the typically perfectly mown pleasure grounds, where an area of priority grassland is being trialled for the first time.  The trial has been expanded this year to include more pockets of long grass around the estate, with an aim of creating twelve hectares of priority grassland habitat to give nature a home to thrive in.