Programme of Courses and Events for 2020

Talk by Richard Gulliver: ‘The Botanist Gin – our part in global success story’
Friday 13th March, 7.30 p.m.
Richard will talk about the role he and Mavis played in the selection of the 22 Islay botanicals in The Botanist Gin, relate fascinating aspects of some of the 22, and tell of the years spent sustainably harvesting these plants between 2010 and 2017. Booking essential. Members free, non-members £3.00

To book contact Richard Small at
Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5FD

Scythe Peening Workshop
Sunday 5th April 10.30 a.m.
National Peening Day! Simon Cooter will demonstrate the art of peening scythe blades to allow sharpening to a fine edge. An essential skill for all scythers. Contact Simon to book your place (01743 792294 or
Natural England Office, Pennerley, SY5 0NE


Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Peter Carty
Tuesday 5th May, 7.30 p.m.
MMG’s 2020 AGM will be followed by a talk from Peter Carty of the National Trust, Cardingmill Valley speaking of the relationship between MMG and the Stepping Stones Project. Booking not required but helpful if you let Richard Small ( know if you expect to come.
Snailbeach Village Hall, Snailbeach SY5 0NZ


Visit to Meadows at Lower View, Sarn
Tuesday 19th or Thursday 21st May, 7.00 p.m.
By kind invitation of Steve and Lisette Attwood-Wright, an opportunity to see the meadows and acid grassland habitats which feature several species of orchid. Please note that parking is extremely limited and lift-sharing and a stroll up from Sarn village is recommended.
Lower View, City Lane, Sarn, Powys SY16 4HH

Hay Meadow Festival, Craven Arms
Saturday 11th July, 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Don’t miss this chance to visit the Hay Meadow Festival: the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms has over 10 ha of meadows and the Festival will be even bigger and better than ever! Booking not required; admission £5 adults (children free); MMG members volunteering to help on the MMG stand would be appreciated and would have free admission.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms SY7 9RS

Visit to Forestart, Hadnall
Monday 20th July, 10.30 a.m.
Forestart is a local company supplying wild flower seed (and trees and shrubs). The wild flower seed is harvested from single species plots and flowering should be at its peak for this visit. Booking essential.

Contact Richard Small at
Forestart, Ladymas Lane, Hadnall, SY4 4AL

Green Hay & Social at Paul & Pat Simon’s Hay Meadow
Date in August tbc depending on weather!
We plan to help Paul and Pat spread green hay on one of their fields and would like as many volunteers as possible. Afterwards we hope to enjoy an opportunity to socialise – details will be circulated when known.
Upper Gravenor, Norbury, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5EG

Seed Collection Workshop
To be confirmed
This event may include a demonstration of new MMG equipment. Details will be circulated when known.

Members’ Question & Answer Session
Tuesday, 6th October, 7.30 p.m.
Another chance to have your questions answered, particularly (but not exclusively) related to meadow creation on lawns and fields. Booking not required.
The Crown Inn, Wentnor SY5 9EE

Talk by Caroline Hanks: The highs and lows of meadow making at landscape scale
Thursday 5th November, 7.30 p.m.
Caroline is project officer for Herefordshire Meadows which has taken a different approach from MMG by managing and creating wildflower rich meadows at the landscape scale. Booking essential, MMG members free, non-members £3.00.
Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5FD