Organisation: Forest of Bowland AONB
Forest of Bowland AONB and the Lancashire Environment Fund
The aims of the Hay Time project are :
- to help farmers restores species-rich meadows across Bowland
- to foster interest in traditional skills such as scything and hand raking
- to record hay time recollections and, where possible,improve public access to meadows.
The project identified six unimproved species-rich fields at Bell Sykes Farm Hay Meadow. These fields had plants from two diverse habitat groups: fields alongside the River Burnett proved to be an excellent source for grasses such as meadow foxtail and sweet vernal grass along with moisture loving flowers like great burnet and meadowsweet; whilst the upper fields had flowers commonly found in northern dry hay meadows such as meadow crane’s-bill, melancholy thistle, yellow rattle, eyebrights, pignut, buttercups and lady’s mantle.
In 2012 three new fields were seeded from these unimproved flower-rich meadows. A variety of seeding techniques have been used in this project.
A final report on the work undertaken was published in February 2014.