Wild Meadows - Big Wild Weekend

Thursday 14th June 2018

Wild Meadows (c) Wendy CarterWild Meadows (c) Wendy Carter

All things meadow will be being celebrated by visitors to a local farm on Saturday 16th June.

The Wild Meadows Activity Day, at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Lower Smite Farm, promises to be an action-packed nature-filled event to help people discover more about the wonderful world of Worcestershire’s wild meadows. Around 97% of meadows have been lost in England since the 1940s and Worcestershire is home to around 20% of those that remain.

Visitors to the event can get involved in guided walks through the farm’s meadows to look at wildflowers and understand more about management, there will be opportunities to Pledge a Patch so that you can make a mini meadow at home as well as the chance to make butterfly feeders to bring a little wild into your garden.

Mandy Butterworth, Hardwick Green Meadows Project Officer, explained “Worcestershire is really important for meadows and we’re celebrating this with a host of meadow-filled activities.

“Earlier this year, with help from the public, Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders, we saved 50 acres of rare floodplain meadows in the southwest corner of Worcestershire and we’ll be explaining why these, Hardwick Green Meadows, are so important.

“There will be plenty to do for all ages from guided walks to a meadows-inspired family trail to get children thinking about meadows – from drawing wildflowers and pretending to be a butterfly to looking for meadow minibeasts.

“Sitting still and listening to the sounds of the natural world can be incredibly relaxing so we’ll also have mindful meditation sessions.”

Visitors to the event can also discover what lies beneath with pond dipping as well as bushcraft activities and firestarting.

30 Days Wild & the Big Wild Weekend

30 Days Wild logoThe event is part of a national weekend of wild events being organised by Wildlife Trusts across the UK. The Big Wild Weekend is the centrepoint of the month-long 30 Days Wild, which runs throughout June and encourages everyone to add a bit of wild into each and every day.

Lower Smite Farm has a wildlife garden, ponds, an orchard and meadows as well as arable fields; an all-year-round nature trail leaflet is available from the main farmhouse.

The activities take place from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 16th June and are free with no need to book. Cakes and both hot and cold drinks available throughout the day.

Lower Smite Farm is off the A4538 between Sixways and Droitwich Spa.