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Foster's Green Meadows

Eades meadow is very sensitive to disturbance from trampling.  All visitors are politely requested to stay on the mown paths and the public rights of way at all times. Straying from the path will cause the site to deteriorate. 

Please help us maintain this site for future visitors to enjoy.
 

Designated a National Nature Reserve for the wealth of plants found in part of the unspoiled depths of Worcestershire’s countryside.

Foster’s Green Meadows lie within the larger living landscape project area of the Forest of Feckenham. So great have been the changes in our countryside during the last fifty years that a field full of flowers, once considered commonplace, is now a rarity and warrants national recognition.  Foster’s Green and Eades Meadows were once Foster’s Green Farm and have not been ploughed for at least 100 years nor have they ever been treated with chemical fertilisers, herbicides or other agricultural chemicals.

Lying on heavy clay soils, their interest lies in the large number of plants that grow here – over 180 have been recorded - and the huge number of insects, spiders and other invertebrates that they support.  Eades Meadow is particularly famous for its green-winged orchids in spring and meadow saffron in autumn.  The colour of the meadow changes daily as different flowers come into flower throughout spring and summer.

Foster’s Green Meadow is still farmed and Eades is grazed by cattle in late autumn and early winter before being left to grow hay.  The hay is cut late the following summer after the flowers have seeded.  Following a period of growth, the field is grazed and the cycle begins again.

Part of the land was once a small orchard and a few apple trees remain.  A number of large oak trees mark the positions of old field boundaries and young trees have been planted as future replacements.  The huge elms which once grew in the hedges were killed by elm disease and their demise opened up the field to the wind and sun. 

Please note that due to the fragility of the site, visitors should not stray from the public footpath that crosses part of the meadow.

Nearby nature reserves

Piper's Hill & Dodderhill Commons
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Feckenham Wylde Moor
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve at Upton Warren
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off Ditchford Bank/Foster's Green Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60 4HY
Map reference
SO981647
Great for...
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk. Access restricted to public footpaths.
Size
12.50 hectares
Status
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Forest of Feckenham
Access
Yes

No wheelchair access.
Walking information
Unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Additional mown paths are provided during flowering period March to July. Grass underfoot will be slippery underfoot when wet.
Parking
Very limited parking on roadside by main entrance gate, space for 1 or 2 cars
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle
Reserve manager
Central Reserves Officer
Tel: 01905 754919
enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

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After the hay cut

by Gordon Dipple