Wildflower meadow management
Understanding grassland types
Find out the difference between an 'improved', 'sem-improved' and 'unimproved' grassland
Identifying meadow plants
A guide to important flower and grass species
Managing a hay meadow
Explanation of traditional pratices with practical tips
Creating a wildflower grassland
How to choose a good site and practical tips to ensure success
Diversifying an existing grassland
This video will explain how your existing grassland can be managed to extend the range of wildflower and grassland species.
The Whole Crop Grassland Creation Method
An introduction to a wildflower grassland creation that can work for large sites
Wildflower grasslands are one of the rarest and most threatened habitats in the High Weald.
Drawing on the experiences of the Weald Meadows Initiative, a project which has been operating in the area for 15 years, this section offers lots of advice on how to protect, enhance and create wildflower grasslands.
Before undertaking any work to protect, enhance or create a wildflower grassland it is important to get an understanding of your site: the existing grassland type; plant species; soil pH; and past management; this knowledge is invaluable when making management decisions.
There are many different grassland types, depending on the local geology, soil and what the land has been used for in the past. However most fall into 1 of 3 key types; unimproved; semi-improved and improved. Spring and early summer are the best time to survey your grassland - plants are in flower and identification is much easier! Our video highlights some plants to look out for. If you would help identifying your grassland please contact the Weald Meadows Partnership.