Meadows Group have a great day out.
Dean Meadows Group attracted 130 people to the inaugural meeting in January. 50 people came to Flaxley Schoolrooms on Saturday 21st April to hear about plans for the group over the summer and for guided walks around meadows in Flaxley .
The afternoon turned out to be sunny with only one shower and small groups were given guided walks around the meadows of Chris Parsons at The Meeting House, Flaxley. The walks took an hour and a half, taking in open field meadows and several orchards including one area of old apple and plum trees that is of special wildlife value.
Although most meadow flowers come later in the year there were wood-anemones, cowslips, twayblades, primroses and bluebells on show. Chris explained how the land is managed for meadow plants and the insects and birds that rely on them.
After the walks most people went back to Flaxley Schoolroons for refreshments. The steering committee introduced themselves and explained their plans for the group.
The group have a website already (deanmeadows.org.uk/) which will be added to in the near future. Members who have some ground will be entitled to a botanical survey and informal advice on managing it as a meadow. The website will have a forum to allow members to share experiences and help each other.
In the near future Chris Parsons’ meadows at The Meeting House, Flaxley will be open to all from 2:00 to 5:00PM on the afternoons of May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have an Orchid evening at Clarkes Pool Meadow, Blakeney also on May 28th from 6:30PM. Other events will be posted on the website.
Membership is £10 per household per year. Anyone interested can join via the website or contact Derek Foster on 01452 760296.