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.


Wood meadows, as the name suggests, are managed plots of land containing an open and varied mosaic of both woodland and grassland habitats.

Because of the intimate proximity and relationship of the two habitats wood meadows potentially develop biodiversity potential that is greater than the sum of the two parts. Managed wood meadows were once widespread in parts of Northern Europe and can be exceptionally rich in both plant and animal species. Wood meadows are however not widely recognised as part of the landscape history of Britain; here management of woodland and grassland has tended to be compartmentalised and segregated. Wood meadows however exist (as orchards and parkland) and there is tremendous potential to develop this type of mixed habitat in the future to meet the challenges of changing land use, climate change, and to enhance the biodiversity and amenity value of our rural and urban landscapes.

The Woodmeadow trust’s project, at Escrick near York, is a wonderful working demonstration of this potential. Using a mix of tree planting and wild flower seed mixtures (some supplied by Emorsgate Seeds) they have transformed 10 ha of former arable farmland over seven years in to a functioning wood meadow.

The event will take place on Saturday 3rd August 2019 at

Three Hagges Woodmeadow, York Road, Escrick, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6EE.

Demonstrations and talks throughout the day from 10am to 4pm.

To book a place at this event go to the Woodmeadow Trust Website


Posted on 24 June 2019,
Category: Events