“small but exquisitely formed”

“I just wanted to contact you to thank you for your efforts for Saturdays hay festival. I thought it was small but exquisitely formed! Such a lot if like minded people who were extremely enthusiastic about their subjects, friendly and helpful.

I finally identified bees that appear early in my lawn, had a marvellous lamb burger, chatted to Charlie the Shire and wished I could have the Radnorshire sheep in my orchard, I’ll stick with my Shropshires, at least they don’t eat trees!

All that combined with the ever glorious drive over the hills and very helpful people who got permission for me to park in the disabled bay at the Bog.  Thank you, once again”


Around 350 people attended the Shropshire Hills Hay Meadow Festival on Saturday 7th July –  National Meadows Day (and the England v Sweden match!). The festival set out to raise awareness and celebrate this special landscape and its wealth of wildlife on its 60th anniversary.

The festival included a mixture of demonstrations, guided walks, competitions including scything, hay bale lobbing and build a hay rick competition, as well as kids activities, storytelling and a range of trade stands.

Our ‘Bee in you Bonnet’ talk tent also proved extremely popular, with short presentations on conservation issues and projects well attended.

Thank you to everyone involved and everyone who came in making the day such a success. 

Hay Rick building (lr)

Phil and Simon scything c Ben Osborneentrance lrguided walk lrCharlie lrHay bale lobbing (lr)Simon scything c.Ben Osbornewinners scyth compCase for Curlew (lr)view (lr)



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