When to Mow your Wildflower Meadow

RHS Chelsea Flower show starts next week. And we will soon begin hay making with our annual “Chelsea Chop” Conventional advise has suggested waiting until July or later before beginning to cut wildflower meadows. In recent years this advice has begun to change. We now begin our hay making at

The hidden promise of the winter wildflower meadow – the role of grazing in management

It’s officially Spring, yet at this time of year the wildflower meadows are keeping the glory to come well hidden. A combination of autumn grazing by our two cows, followed by winter grazing by our flock of sheep has left the vegetation short. It looks unpromising now but it is

The Summer of Hay Making Begins.

Orchid in bud

It’s a weekend of firsts – we had our first beginners scythe course of the season yesterday and we started the first hay making of the year.¬†Phil also found the first orchids in the hay field. The first was in bud……. and the second was starting to open. The beauty