Fields of Gold Appeal

Meadow sward (c) Paul LaneMeadow sward (c) Paul Lane

We have the chance to buy Hollybed Farm and create one of the largest areas of pasture and meadow in the county. And we need your help to do it.

Starling Bank at Hollybed Farm (c) Harry Green)The 42 acres of grassland, in the historic Malvern Chase Living Landscape close to Castlemorton and Hollybed Commons, would be a nature reserve even bigger than our National Nature Reserve at Eades and Foster's Green Meadows.

The good news is that we have secured a temporary solution through a short-team lease on the land.  We're now faced with the enormous challenge of raising almost £382,000 to buy it.  We've only got the next eighteen months to achieve this ...or it will go back onto the open market and is likely to be broken up.

We need your help.

April 2014

Common blue (female) (c) Steve BloomfieldIt’s official, our members and supporters are wonderful!

By late April you have donated an incredible £77,000 which is boosted by an additional £19,000 in Gift Aid.

This takes the total raised to £336,000.

We are now down to the last few months before the August deadline.  If you would like to help us raise the remaining £46,000, you can donate online.

Or call us on 01905 754919

Or send a cheque, made payable to 'Worcestershire Wildlife Trust' to Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, FREEPOST (WR28), Worcester, WR3 7BR

Golden wildflowers

"What's exciting is the combination of protecting a truly special place and making it even more special by putting back wildflowers and orchards where they have been lost." Rob Allen, Conservation Officer

The highlight of the land we want to buy is Starling Bank - filled with golden wildflowers and grasses.  Meadow vetchling, sweet vernal grass, yellow rattle and burnet saxifrage mix with cowslips and wild onion to support bees, crickets, butterflies and myriad other insects.  In turn, these are food for all the birds, bats and other wildlife moving through the pathwork landscape of the commons.Cowslips (c) Steve Bloomfield

A landscape shaped by humans

Five spot burnet moth (c) Peter SmithFrom the Iron Age to more recent times, the land around Hollybed Farm has been shaped by the growing of crops, hunting and animal grazing.  Over hundreds of years, natural and human activities have created a very special landscape with a rich and special diversity of plants, insects, birds and other animals.

But the future of the land we aim to buy is in the balance - it's natural diversity dependent upon future sympathetic management. 

Only with your donation can we protect what already exists on Starling Bank and achieve our ambition to do more by restoring the richness once found there to the fields beyond.

Restoring the landscape

Dyer's greenweed (c) Harry GreenBy taking seed-filled hay from Starling Bank, planting individual wildflowers where necessary and carefully establishing traditional grazing we aim to bring the fields back to life, filled with the yellow and golden colours of a flower-rich meadow.

We'll also plant traditional Worcestershire varieties of fruit trees alongside the remains of a wonderful old orchard on the site.  Orchards still survive in fragments across the surrounding landscape we'll be helping to restore another historic, wildlife-rich feature of the Malvern Chase.

Secure the land now

Donate online - the easy and fast way to pay

Call us during office hours on 01905 754919 and have your credit/debit card details to hand

Send us a cheque, made payable to 'Worcestershire Wildlife Trust' to Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, FREEPOST (WR28), Worcester, WR3 7BR