Meadow restoration with the family volunteer team

Meadow restoration volunteers

Our family volunteers have been busy helping restore the species-rich grassland above Park End Wetland, by planting plugs of Yellow rattle.

Yellow rattle is an annual that thrives in grasslands, living a semi-parasitic life by feeding off the nutrients in the roots of nearby grasses. By feeding off the vigorous grasses, it eventually allows more delicate, traditional species to push their way through, helping us to restore the grassland into a diverse species rich meadow. The seed was collected last summer from Sizergh fell and the Sizergh garden team have planted and looked after the seedlings until they were ready to plant out, with the help of the Family Volunteers.

This work builds on the grassland restoration work that has been ongoing at Park End over the last 5 years. With the help of Natural England, the Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the committed work of our tenant farmer and volunteers, we have collected and spread green hay, as well as planting 1000 wildflower plugs.

If you'd like to volunteer as a family, please ge tin touch with Sam Sharples

sam.sharples@nationaltrust.org.uk