A 4 acre meadow adjacent to the
nursery where we have planted many trees and are encouraging, through 'hit &
miss management' our native flora and fauna to return - very few areas of open,
untreated pasture now remain in this locality. Already more flowering plants are
returning along with a growing insect population (large numbers of butterflies
in summer), mammals and birds. The long established boundary hedges of hawthorn,
blackthorn, field maple, dog wood, hazel, dog rose, honeysuckle etc are allowed
to grow naturally giving an abundance of fruit, nuts and seeds for the
over-wintering wildlife - sadly so many hedges in this area are slashed after
harvest totally destroying these natural 'larders' - why can this job not be
left until late winter as was the custom in years gone by??
Visitors to the nursery are welcome to wander round the meadow through the cut paths provided.