Magnificent meadows at Springhill
Our meadows are awash with bright yellow buttercups which cannot help but make you smile, even when it is raining!
The wildflower meadow at Springhill is at its best in the summer months. It is awash with bright yellow buttercups; ox eye daisy’s and orchids which cannot help but make you smile, even when it is raining! We have changed the management of this area, leaving it uncut to allow wildflowers to flourish.
At the end of summer, after the flowers have set seed a neighbouring farmer, John Hutchinson, very kindly cuts the meadow and bales it. The removal of the vegetation at this time of year reduces the nutrients that go back into the soil, which is perfect for wild flowers as they prefer soil that is low in nutrients. Each year we see an increase in species and have counted over 30 different varieties of meadow flowers, grasses and sedges. This species rich grassland provides a habitat for a wide variety of different species as well as an important source of pollen and nectar for bumblebees and butterflies.
Winding paths cut through the meadow allow you to wander among the beautiful colours and scents while listening to the buzz of the bees and watching the pretty butterflies flitting over the flowers.