Penorchard Meadows by Wendy Carter

Penorchard Meadows by Wendy Carter

14ha
Dog on a lead
Volunteer Group
A series of unimproved meadows with a rich diversity of wildflowers; one of the largest remaining areas of semi-natural grassland in Worcestershire.

Location

Chapel Lane (nx to St Kenelm's church)
Halesowen
Worcestershire
B62 0NG
A static map of Penorchard Meadows

Know before you go

Size
14 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in church car park on Chapel Lane & walk through churchyard;avoid use during services. Courtesy of the District Church Council.

Grazing animals

Horses, sheep, cattle

Walking trails

Could be combined with a visit to the Clent Hills and the North Worcestershire Path (alternative parking and cafe at Nimmings National Trust car park).

Access

Please keep to paths; muddy and slippery underfoot when wet. Kissing gates and stiles on site.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

May to July

About the reserve

The special interest of these meadows lies in their diversity that reflect the site’s varied soils and long history of sympathetic management.  No artificial fertilisers have been added, no ploughing has taken place and grazing, mainly with horses, has been kept at a low level.

Old meadow grasses such as crested dog’s-tail are brightened by the colourful display of typical meadow herbs such as knapweed, bird’s-foot trefoil, eyebright, dyer’s greenweed, yellow rattle, yellow-wort and common spotted orchid.  Damper areas support water mint, ragged robin, jointed rush and lesser spearwort. Despite being so close to urban areas, many species of bird are seen on the  reserve throughout the year from buzzards, ravens and jays to stock doves, linnets and green woodpeckers.

The interest of the reserve is enhanced by the presence of the deserted medieval settlement of Kenelmstowe.  It’s not known exactly where the settlement was located but it’s likely to have centred around Spring Farm.  The village grew up around the shrine of St Kenelm who was reputed to have been martyred on the site now occupied by the church.

A visit to Penorchard Meadows can be easily combined with a visit to the Clent Hills (National Trust) and nearby Uffmoor Wood (Woodland Trust)

Contact us

Andy Harris
Contact number: 01905 754919

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map