Hay Meadow Festival this Saturday 24th June at the Bog, Pennerley
Tuesday June 20th, 2017 | Stephanie
Traditional hay meadows are a wonderful sight at this time of year. Unfortunately, they are also a rare sight as only 3% of the meadows that existed nationally in the 1930s remain.
Scheme Manager Joy Howells explains, “Flower-rich grasslands are some of the most important habitats surviving in the Scheme area. The Festival is a way for people to experience first-hand the wonder of flower-rich meadows. “
A typical meadow can be home to over 150 species of wild plants and flowers, which in turn attract and support other wildlife, including the vital pollinator insects, which are in decline.
Joy continues, “We have a packed programme including crafts and other activities for children and adults. There are also guided walks, family bug hunts, greenwood working demonstrations, and the launch of the new Stiperstones Butterfly Trail. Try your hand at scything, or show off your scything skills in the competition arena, along with hay bale lobbing and hayrick building.”
Charlie, one of the heavy horses from Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum, will be tedding the hay. Members of the Marches Meadow Group will be on hand to advise on how to restore and better manage grassland for biodiversity. Displays from local community groups will include Shropshire Mines Trust, the Rare Breeds Society Trust, Myndtown Verges Project and Hope Local History Group.
Bishop’s Castle-based jazz band, ‘Anything Goes’ will be entertaining visitors, and refreshments include BBQ, bar, teas, coffees and cakes. Refreshments will also be available at the Bog Visitor Centre.
The Festival is free and takes place in the field opposite the Bog Visitor Centre – you can’t miss it! Car parking at the Bog Mine car park (SY5 0NG).