Dunchurch Meadow, Nr Rugby
Dunchurch Meadow is a site of just under 3ha which, in summer 2014, received green hay beginning the enhancement works here. The green hay was harvested from Warwickshire's donor Coronation Meadow, Draycote Meadow SSSI, and was transported by tractor to Dunchurch Meadow. The site had been harrowed in preparation for the green hay, which was strewn on a hot summer's day by-hand by a team of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust volunteers and staff.
As part of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Coronation Meadows Project, for the next stage of enhancement, 2000 wildflower plug plants will be planted in year 2 and another 2000 in year 3. The species being grown are hard to propagate and will add additional diversity from the donor site to the receptor meadow. The plug plants are being propagated by service users of Solihull Mind at their organic horticulture, sports and conservation project on a 1 hectare organic site in Knowle, Solihull. This has seen not only the Coronation Meadows project benefit wildlife but has also given a wonderful opportunity to support another charitable organisation and enrich the lives of people who use their services (see images © Julie Bennett in the Gallery below).
Images © Steven Cheshire, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust