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Hay Meadow Festival, the Bog

Saturday June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A fun filled family day to celebrate wildflower meadows and their wealth of wildlife.  FREE ENTRY, everyone welcome!

We have a packed programme of activities planned.  These include guided meadow walks, family bug hunts, 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. Alternatively, head for the arts & crafts tent where you’ll find lots of hay to play and create with, including:

  • Make a Meadow with Kate Johnson
  • Wise words with Jean Atkin
  • Make a Butterfly Kite with Gill Oldaker
  • Giant Bugs and exploring the insect world with Jenny Ogden
  • Willow sculpture with Caroline Lowe
  • Wheel of forture & Folklore Fables with Anne Marie Lagram & Amy Douglas

Members of the Marches Meadow Group will be demonstrating their mini hay baler and sharing their experiences of wildflower meadows and hay-making.  Look out for Greenwood Working with craftsman, Ben Gray.  Charlie, Acton Scott’s heavy horse is with us once again and you’ll be able to watch him tedding the hay.  Our moth expert, Dave Green, will be showing some of the exciting moth ‘finds’ from the previous evening moth trapping event.

Flower-rich grasslands are some of the most important habitats surviving in the Scheme area. Stalls and displays will showcase what’s happening to conserve these valuable sites and how you can help.

Programme of walks and have a go activities (times may vary, so do check nearer the time):

  • From 10am onwards have a go at Scything
  • 10:30am Wildflower Walk
  • 11am Scything Competitions, including heats and teams
  • 11am Giant Beetles and Bees performance
  • 11.30am Bog Bug Walk
  • 12 noon Mining History Walk
  • 1.30pm Strimmer v Scythe show down!
  • 2pm Scything Competition Final
  • 2pm Giant Beetles and Bees performance
  • 2.30pm Bog Butterfly Walk (weather permitting)
  • 2.30pm Bale Lobbing Bale off
  • 3pm Hay Rick Knock-out finale




Saturday June 24, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Bog Visitor Centre
The Bog
Stiperstones , Shropshire SY5 0NG United Kingdom