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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.

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.

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. Can you help?

  • £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. 

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Thank you.

Images: Plantlife's Joan's Hill Farm nature reserve, Herefordshire's Coronation Meadow, Hurstans' meadow that was created using seed from Joan's Hill farm ©Joe Costley/Plantlife and a bee orchid ©Jane Smart/Plantlife

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Coronation Meadows - help multiply meadows again