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Coronation Meadows - help multiply meadows again

The UK is one of the most nature depleted places on earth. Since the 1930s, we have lost 97% of our meadows and they now cover less than 1% of the UK. We need your help to reverse this loss.

Today’s children may never experience the wonder of walking through a wildflower meadow - as their parents and grandparents once did. They may never see multiple species of plants blooming under their outstretched arms or gaze in wonder at the bumblebees, butterflies and moths.

2012 was the year of the London Olympic Games. It doesn't seem that long ago does it? But flowers that were more common then like ragged-robin, quaking-grass and common harebells are now under threat. This loss of wild flowers has also caused the significant decline of our pollinators that are vital for food production, the balance of our ecosystem and keeping our countryside bursting with colour.

This was also the year of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, when our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales called for action to turn the tide on the fate of our wildflower meadows. Alongside our conservation partners, we identified the best meadow – the Coronation Meadow – in counties across the UK, harvested its seed and used it to create new meadows nearby. HRH The Prince of Wales even helped to sow the final meadow – The Queen’s Meadow – in Green Park, London.

The Coronation Meadows project helped Plantlife develop a really effective way to create new meadows. Now can you help to multiply meadows again, creating and restoring 10,000 hectares (ha) of flower-rich grasslands across the UK?

One such meadow was created with Fiona and her husband Alexander on their smallholding ‘Hurstans’ in Herefordshire using seed that had been collected from the nearby Plantlife nature reserve Joan’s Hill Farm. Fiona remembers rushing in the fading light one September evening to spread the seed alongside Plantlife staff and local volunteers. ‘I remember our normally empty garage being stuffed full of huge square bales of seed while we waited for the right time to get sowing!’

After creating the meadow on her own land, Fiona went on to host wildflower ID training for the local Herefordshire Meadows Group alongside Plantlife’s team. ‘The enthusiasm was infectious! So many people motivated to go home and conduct more surveys on local fields. The knowledge imparted by the experts was immense and their generosity and patience made for a special and uplifting learning experience.’ says group member Caroline. This highlights the wide reaching impact of this work - from creating this one meadow, 26 times more meadow has been created. Among the new species seen so far are cowslips, purple vetch and bird’s-foot trefoil as well as ‘the bee orchids which are my pride and joy!’ says Fiona.

As we celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, the legacy of Coronation Meadows lives on. The knowledge gained is now helping us create and restore more meadows, with almost 5,000ha created and restored since 2013. We want to restore another 10,000ha by 2030 to give today’s children any chance of experiencing what has been lost in just two generations. We are confident we can achieve this but we need your help.


Donate today to help make this a reality:

  • £25 could buy enough seed to create over 100m2 of wildflower meadow
  • £60 could train a volunteer on wildflower management or meadow making
  • £150 could pay to advise a landowner on how best to manage their land for wild flowers and pollinators

We are fortunate that small fragments of our wildflower meadows still survive which we can use to restore and multiply meadows once more. But we need to drastically increase the amount of meadows across the UK if we stand a hope of saving our wild flowers and pollinators. We want more people like Fiona to experience the sight, sounds and feel of a meadow for decades to come.

Thank you in advance for your support. Donate here.

Read more about Coronation Meadows in London, North Wales and Caithness.