‘Bowland Haytime’ encompasses a suite of species-rich grassland restoration project activity delivered jointly by the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Forest of Bowland AONB from 2012 to the present. These projects include Bowland Haytime, Networks for Nectar and Wildflowers for the Meadows.
They have helped to deliver:
- farm ‘field-scale’ meadow restoration
- ‘pollinator patches’ and ‘mini-meadows’ within local communities and villages
- training in restoration techniques and traditional skills, including scything and hay-making
- grassland and pollinator surveying by local volunteers
- engaging schools in outdoor learning about meadows and pollinators
- collecting haytime recollections and stories
- local community events celebrating meadows
The project has been nominated as it embodies so much of what the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan seeks to achieve in future. In particular, applying the ‘Lawton principles’ of working at a landscape scale to deliver ‘bigger, better and more joined up’ and also engaging more and wider range of people in the natural environment in new and exciting ways.
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