Beatrix Potter's Hill Top farm will be celebrating National Hay Meadows Day on 6th July 2019 from 10:30 am. There will be a whole host of activities to celebrate the farms hay meadows and all that lives within them.
You may be wondering what a hay meadow is well read on... Hay meadows can be home to as many as a hundred plant species, cohabiting in a delicate balance that depends on an ancient form of husbandry. Hay cutting, followed by grazing and limited manuring, maintains a low level of soil fertility that prevents any species from becoming dominant, supporting a level of floral biodiversity that is breathtakingly beautiful.
If you want to become an expert in hay meadows, lady’s bedstraw, lady’s mantle, cranesbills, buttercups, hay rattle, scabious and clover to name but a few then there will be ranger talks and guided walks through the day to get you closer to the meadows. Walks start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2pm from the orchard in Hill Top's garden (approx. 40 mins duration).
The event is free but normal admission charges to the venue do apply but if you are a national trust member then the admission will be free.
For more information head over to Hill Tops website