97% of traditional hay meadows in England have disappeared since the 1940s
We are a small, enthusiastic group of local smallholders living in the Stiperstones and Cordon Hill area of the Welsh Marches, who are interested in the the management and conservation of wildflower rich hay meadows. Please look at our website and feel free to contribute to our discussions, come to our events or even join the group
Our annual newsletter is now available !
This is the first newsletter for the group featuring articles about events and projects which have taken place over the last year. These include a description of our haymaking activities during 2018, last year's annual talk by Tim Selman as well as features on various projects that the Marches Meadow Group is actively involved with.
Paper copies will be available at our next annual talk but the best way to access the newsletter is via this link as a digital copy. We hope you enjoy it!
Annual Talk by Stephanie Tyler
On Sunday November 18th we hosted our Annual Talk at Norbury Village Hall. The talk this year was given by Stephanie Tyler who is the Chair of Monmouthshire Meadows Group, a group which has been running for 15 years and which provided us with some valuable insights and comparisons with our own, much more recent history.
Monmouthshire Meadows Group started in January 2003 after concerns in the Trellech area south of Monmouth of the continuing loss of unimproved grassland to agriculture, tree-planting and neglect. Although originally envisaged as a group on the Welsh side of the Wye Valley AONB, it soon expanded to cover the whole of the Monmouthshire and parts of adjacent counties and now has about 250 members.
The group helps people manage their fields and gardens to maintain and enhance grassland biodiversity through direct work or through local contractors and graziers. A botanists visits each new member to carry out a survey of plants and to give advice on management. The Group owns two Exmoor Ponies which help members with aftermath grazing where they cannot obtain sheep or cattle. Members are invited to attend open days at meadows and indoor meetings. There is also an active website and two newsletters are produced each year.
It published a book in 2013 to commemorate ten years of existence with articles by meadow-owners. As a new venture the Group now owns or leases three grassland reserves totalling 37 acres. Four members have also produced a guide to grassland fungi with numerous photographs and this is published by the Meadows Group (available from NHSB).
Stephanie’s talk was very well received and provided us with much food for thought at a time when we are looking to the future and thinking about new ideas and ambitions for our own development.
Martin Bonathan ( with text and photos provided by Stephanie Tyler)
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MMG acknowledges the HLF funding and support provided by the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country LPS.