Black Bank meadow creation, Northumberland
Nearest town or settlement: Hexham
Contact detailsContact name: Professor Geoffrey Toms
Organisation: Newcastle University
Project descriptionThe Mill Haugh, in the North Pennines Environmentally Sensitive Area (0.54 Ha), was species-poor and neglected; dominated by Yorkshire Fog and overrun by rabbits. The Ph.D. research project, aimed to increase species diversity and discovered high soil acidity, contamination by heavy metals and fluoride. Local seed sown on experimental plots did well but was not sufficient to sow the whole site. Seed mixes containing Yorkshire Fog could not be used, seed was specially chosen using grants from Defra and the AONB. The meadow was sown in 2003, a variety of grasses appeared and visitors by invitation attended talks. In 2005, some attractive perennial herbs appeared in the Mill Haugh meadow. Amongst these were Ox-eye Daisy, Yellow rattle, Tufted Vetch, Birds-foot trefoil and Red Clover. Hay was cut at the end of August 2005 and grazed by sheep in November.