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Hay Meadow Festival

Hay Meadow Festival in

Saturday 9th July, The Bog, Pennerley, 10am – 4pm, free entry

Join us for a fun filled family day on Saturday 9th July at the Bog, Pennerely, to celebrate wildflower meadows, their wealth of wildlife and traditional management.

Guided meadow walks, country crafts, scything, building hay ricks and making hay ropes are just some of the hands on activities you can try.

You’ll also see Charlie, one of the heavy horses from Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum, in action and have a chance to marvel at machinery from yester-year, including vintage tractors and tools.

Wildlife gardening expert, Jenny Steel will be giving advice on how to creating a mini meadow of your own, and craftman Neill Mapes will be demonstrating how to make a traditional hay rake.

The Hay Meadow Festival is being organised by the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Joy Howells, Scheme Manager, explains “Flower-rich grasslands are one of the most threatened and rapidly disappearing habitats in Shropshire. They include traditionally managed hay meadows, old pastures and other undisturbed areas of grassland such as churchyards and roadside verges. Here in the Stiperstones and Corndon area, flower rich grasslands are some of our most valuable habitats and are strongly linked to the mining and small farm heritage. “

Joy continued “The Festival is a great way for people to experience first-hand the wonder of flower-rich meadows. Stalls and displays will showcase what’s happening to conserve meadows and verges locally, and how you can get involved. We have children’s mini meadow crafts and make and take willow crafts. “

Members of the Marches Meadow Group will also be on hand to demonstrate their mini hay baler and share their experiences of managing wildflower meadows and hay-making. Shropshire Mine’s Trust are also opening the Somme Tunnel for the day and talking about the area’s rich mining heritage.

The Hay Meadow Festival is being held in the meadow opposite the Bog Visitor Centre. It’s a FREE event and we look forward to welcoming you. Refreshments will be available at the Bog Visitor Centre as well as at the Festival and includes bar and BBQ.

Car parking at the Bog car park or use the Long Mynd & Stiperstones Shuttle Bus, if coming from Pontesbury, Church Stretton or Ratlinghope area. For more information see our website www.stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk/event/hay-meadow-festival-the-bog-join-us-for-a-fun-filled-day/ or contact us on 01938 561741, email info@stiperstonesandcorndon.co.uk.

 

Date Posted: 8th July 2016


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