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
As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the world, the activities of the Marches Meadows Group also continue to be affected. David Poynton, our chair, has written a letter to members of the group to update them on the state of play for our areas of interest, which is attached here. We will also continue to keep you informed as the situation becomes clearer about future meetings and events. The website and Facebook page will be kept updated, so please consult these for the latest position.
New Marches Meadow Group Poster
This colourful poster was commissioned by Marches Meadow Group (MMG), to illustrate the annual cycle of hay making, the creation of new meadows using green hay and the wildlife associated with this key wildlife habitat. The artist, Sarah Jameson, is a member of our Group and a keen meadow owner herself.
Members of MMG who have already renewed their membership for 2021, can collect their A3 copy from the Hay Meadow Festival in Craven Arms on 24th July, at one of our Events to be held throughout the year, or from the secretary or chairman of the Committee.
As a special offer any new Marches Meadow Group member, who joins before the end of July 2021 (Membership is only £15 per year) can also collect an A3 copy free of charge as detailed above.
Members and non-members can purchase additional copies of the poster by sending a sterling cheque, made payable to Marches Meadow Group, stating the number of copies and sizes of poster required together with your postal address.
Please address your request to Marches Meadow Group, Hill Cottage, The Bog, Minsterley, Shrewsbury SY5 0NL.
A3 poster £7.00 including p&p; additional copies £3.50 each
A2 poster £15.00 including p&p; additional copies £10.00 each
As a volunteer Group we would be delighted to receive any donations which will allow the Group to continue with its valuable work.
Our annual newsletter is now available !
This is our fourth 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 2021 and features about local meadow owners and their efforts to develop and improve their land. If you would like a digital copy of the newsletter just click on the link above. We hope you enjoy it!