High Weald

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.

Site-specific advisory visits

Site-specific advisory visits

The Weald Meadows Partnership & Services Advisor aims to give landowners practical support with the... Read more

Wildflower meadow guidance

Wildflower meadow guidance

These information sheets have been developed to help landowners manage, create and enhance wildflower grasslands. ... Read more

Unimproved grassland

Unimproved grassland

Unimproved grasslands can support up to 50 kinds of grasses and wildflowers including scarce species. Read more

Semi-improved grassland

Semi-improved grassland

Semi-improved grasslands still retain a good number of grasses and valuable wildflowers Read more

Improved grassland

Improved grassland

Improved grassland consists of mainly Ryegrass with few flowers Read more

Wildflower meadows Dos & Don'ts

Wildflower meadows Dos & Don'ts

Do1.try to maintain or introduce traditional management where possible - traditional management will have led... Read more