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Sowing deadlines for Spring?

We are often asked to advise on the best time to sow wild flower seed, and what is the latest time in spring you can sow and still expect results.

Continue reading… / Posted on 01 April 2020,
Category: Advice


COVID 19

At present we are still open for business but the situation may change at any time. If the office does close and we are unable to take orders, we will still be able to create quotes and offer emailed advice but response times may be a little longer.

Continue reading… / Posted on 24 March 2020,
Category: News


Equinox - a time to 'spring clean' meadows

Around the spring equinox, as daytime air and soil temperatures rise, meadows begin to wake from their winter slumber. Fresh green grass shoots appear, yellow rattle seedlings get established and cowslip heads start to push upwards.

Continue reading… / Posted on 21 March 2020,
Category: Advice


Yellow rattle spring watch 2020

Yellow rattle emergence in our Norfolk meadows came through on schedule this year: perfectly synchronised with the meteorological first day of spring on March 1st.

Continue reading… / Posted on 02 March 2020,
Category: News


When to start spring sowing?

Continue reading… / Posted on 01 March 2020,
Category: Advice


Scythe and Grassland courses and events 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. The courses and events listed on this page either are, or likely to be cancelled or postponed as a result of restrictions on movement and social distancing. Anyone who has already booked on a course will be notified in due course and offered a full refund.

Continue reading… / Posted on 08 January 2020,
Category: Events


Meadows Demonstration Open Days 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. The event listed on this page has been cancelled for this summer as a result of restrictions on movement and the need for social distancing.

Continue reading… / Posted on 03 January 2020,
Category: Events


70 Yellow rattle sowing days left until Christmas!

Yellow rattle is a useful addition to any wild flower meadow. As well as being an attractive plant, and good for bees, it is parasitic on grasses and can help maintain balance. Autumn is the time to sow it

Continue reading… / Posted on 25 October 2019,
Category: Advice


Autumn sowing deadlines

The Autumnal combination of warm soils and plenty of moisture in the soil provides ideal conditions for seed germination of both wild flowers and grasses.

Continue reading… / Posted on 23 September 2019,
Category: Advice


Wood meadow management and scything demonstration day Sat 3rd August 2019.

Wood meadows require consistent long-term management of both the grassland and woodland components. This demonstration day at the Woodmeadow trust near York offers a chance to experience something of a wood meadow in action. Richard Brown of Emorsgate Seeds and the Scythe Association, will be available to discuss the management of grassland within wood meadows using a scythe. This will include scythe demonstrations and a chance to have a go with a scythe.

Continue reading… / Posted on 24 June 2019,
Category: Events


Haytime 2019

Continue reading… / Posted on 21 June 2019,
Category: Advice


Spring mowing to reduce grass vigour

Continue reading… / Posted on 16 April 2019,
Category: Advice


Orchard grassland management & Practical scything workshop

Orchards old and new offer a particularly varied mosaic of vegetation and habitat structures with elements of managed and rough grassland, mature trees, shrubs and hedgerow boundaries. This workshop will focus on practical management of the ground vegetation component of orchards to maximise their potential for wildlife and biodiversity'.

Continue reading… / Posted on 26 March 2019,
Category: Events


Yellow rattle spring watch 2019

Yellow rattle emergence in our Norfolk meadows began on schedule at the end of the first week of March. We had wondered whether the record winter temperatures at the end of February might bring germination forward. This does not appear to be the case in Norfolk, but on our farm near Bath germination was first seen 10 days earlier on 27th February.

Continue reading… / Posted on 09 March 2019,
Category: News


SCYTHE AND GRASSLAND COURSES AND EVENTS 2019

With the right training in scythe use and sharpening, a good scythe is a surprisingly economical and efficient tool for mowing small to modest areas of grassland. Here are some courses and events which can help equip you with the skills you need.

Continue reading… / Posted on 15 February 2019,
Category: Events


Wild flowers and Rewilding

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation that is gaining ground across Europe, as well as within the UK. The ethos behind rewilding is to step back to allow ‘nature’ a greater role in managing itself with less human intervention. How might this concept fit with existing ideas of ecological restoration, and with sowing wild flowers?

Continue reading… / Posted on 22 January 2019,
Category: News


Blue butterflies return after sowing wild flowers

Some threatened blue butterfly species are making a comeback as a direct result of grassland habitat restoration schemes which included sowing seed of key wild flowers.

Continue reading… / Posted on 08 January 2019,
Category: News


Autumn mowing to restore balance.

Continue reading… / Posted on 10 September 2018,
Category: Advice


Scythe and Grassland Courses and Events 2018

With the right training in scythe use and sharpening a good scythe is a surprisingly economical and efficient tool for mowing small to modest areas of grassland. Here are some courses and events which can help equip you with the skills you need.

Continue reading… / Posted on 15 June 2018,
Category: Events


The plight of the solitary bee

Wild solitary bees are probably the most numerous and efficient pollinators of crops and wild plants. Yet compared to the more conspicuous and well known bumblebees and domesticated honey bees they receive very little attention for the work they do: solitary bees largely go about their business un-noticed.

Continue reading… / Posted on 20 April 2018,
Category: News


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Last 5 Articles

Sowing deadlines for Spring?

01 April 2020

COVID 19

24 March 2020

Equinox - a time to 'spring clean' meadows

21 March 2020

Yellow rattle spring watch 2020

02 March 2020

When to start spring sowing?

01 March 2020