High Weald

Weald Meadows Network

Over the past 25 years land managers in the High Weald AONB have been at the vanguard of meadow restoration, stemming the decline of traditional grasslands and establishing new species-rich meadows on a landscape scale.

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The Weald Meadows Network is an informal and growing network of people who are enthusiastic about creating and caring for species-rich grassland; whether in our medieval fields, along our roadsides, or in our amenity greenspaces and gardens.

The Network is open to all and you can join the mailing list to be notified about its activities by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details.

The Network is supported by the Weald Meadows Group, a team of individuals and organisations passionate about species-rich grasslands, who:

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  • run training and events
  • help with grassland surveys
  • undertake research
  • access resources for meadow creation and enhancement
  • encourage collaborative working across the landscape;
  • and raise the profile of the Weald’s rare grasslands nationally.

In early 2019 the Weald Meadows Network, as a national nature recovery ‘front runner’, provided detailed recommendations to Defra and Natural England on actions that will conserve and enhance species-rich grasslands for another 25 years, drawing on its experience of grassland nature recovery over the last 25 years.

The reports are listed below and aim to develop everyone’s understanding of the practical support that is required to identify, restore and monitor biodiverse grasslands.

pdf High Weald NRA Review All reports recommendations summary (625 KB)
pdf High Weald NRA people grassland vision (1.17 MB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review CS ELMS recommendations report (5.04 MB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review CS ELMS recommendations appendices (1.20 MB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review Seed Sourcing for Grassland Enhancement report (2.27 MB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review Grassland Surveying Monitoring report (997 KB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review Meadow Manager Interviews (808 KB)
pdf High Weald NRA Review Grassland Managers Survey report (1.84 MB)
pdf HighWeald NRA Review Roadsides for Biodiversity report (1.33 MB)

Useful links 
Grassland creation and management advisory visits
Sussex Lund grant scheme
pdf More about the Weald Meadows Group (55 KB)