A Magnificent National Meadows Day

Archie Thomas

Archie Thomas

Senior Press Officer

18th July 2018

National Meadows Day, a day of events to celebrate our magnificent meadows, took place on 7th July and it went down a storm. The celebratory day saw almost 100 events take place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and, from orchid hunts to scything workshops, there really was something for everyone to enjoy.

Ahead of the day of events there was lots of buzz generated by the launch of Plantlife and the Magnificent Meadows partnership's grasslands action plan to protect, love and restore meadows. The clarion call to save our vanishing meadows attracted coverage in the Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Mail, i newspaper, and Independent.

Sensational sunny weather saw attendance soar at events but those not able to attend followed all the action in the media. Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife's Botanical Specialist, appeared on BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning to explain why "it is only through connecting with nature that people can begin to fully value its full worth and attending a National Meadows Day event is a great way to explore and enjoy the petalled paradise that is a blooming meadow in high summer. We mustn't forget meadows' special place in our shared social and cultural history, a natural tapestry that is as much a part of our heritage as the works of William Shakespeare and David Hockney."

On social media #NationalMeadowsDay trended for much of Saturday on Twitter (despite the football!). Here's a snapshot of how it was received: