Hay Meadow Festival, The Bog, 24th June

Pennerely Meadow NE narrow long crop

A typical meadow can be home to over 150 species of wild plants and flowers.  These attract and support other wildlife, including the vital pollinator insects, which are in decline.

To celebrate local wildflower meadows and their wealth of wildlife we hope you can join the Hay Meadow Festival in the Shropshire Hills on Saturday 24th June, The Bog, pennerley (SY5 0NG).  The packed programme of activities include guided meadow walks, family bug hunts and the launch of the new Stiperstones Butterfly Trail.

You’ll also be able to try your hand at scything, or show off your scything skills in the competition arena, along with hay bale lobbing and hayrick building. Alternatively, head for the arts & crafts tent where you’ll find lots of hay to play and create with!

Experts will be on hand with some top tips for making your garden more wildlife friendly.  If you have a few acres or more, members of the Marches Meadow Group will be able to advise you on how to restore and better manage your fields for wildflowers.

Locally, our flower-rich grasslands and roadside verges are some of the most important habitats. The Festival is organised by the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme to raise awareness of their importance and to showcase what’s happening locally to conserve these valuable sites.

The Festival is FREE and in the field opposite the Bog Visitor Centre – you can’t miss it!  Car parking at the Bog Mine car park (SY5 0NG).  Refreshments available at the Bog Visitor Centre as well as at the Festival.

For more information see the Facebook page @stiperstonesandcorndon or email info@stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk.