Organisation: Northumberland National Park Authority
Website: Seeding change project on the Northunberland National Park website
Heritage Lottery Fund, English Nature, Defence Estates
This was a jointly funded project which lasted 3.5 years, ending in December 2008. It had the following aims:
- Restore a number of upland hay meadows by addition of locally collected seed and community grown plants. Link this to the understanding and celebration of traditional management and the hay making heritage within the National Park.
- Encourage communities in and around Northumberland National Park to identify important areas of wild flowers and restore other areas using locally native seed.
- Increase awareness of the wild flower heritage of Northumberland National Park and help tourism providers use these key local assets to promote their local area.
- Use wild flowers as a common link between town and country to engage currently excluded groups.
Meadows were surveyed in the National Park to provide local seed, which was collected by hand and grown on into plug plants or brush-harvested and sown across fields.