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Our partnership project to connect communities to species-rich meadows while restoring these important habitats has come to a close.
Our innovative project to create species-rich wildflower meadows across Wales has drawn to a close after successfully restoring more than 220 hectares of this vital habitat.
The final year of Magnificent Meadows Cymru saw Plantlife and our partners restore meadows on several parcels of land owned by the National Trust. This work has taken the total area restored by the project to 222 hectares across 28 sites. Our focus on local initiatives also continued, and we were proud to be able to support the creation, restoration and management of 58 community meadows across the country.
The positive benefits which nature can bring to people was emphasised during the year when we launched our second meadows health and wellbeing route.
The walk connects the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff to the meadows of Heath Park, with the aim of encouraging patients and staff to spend more time outside. To mark its opening, a piece of artwork by Beth Morris called ‘Meadow Banquet Blanket’ was unveiled at the hospital and is now on permanent display.
Inspiring communities and connecting them to the country’s spectacular wildflower meadows has always been an important part of the Magnificent Meadows Cymru project. That work continued this year when we delivered an extensive programme of face-to-face events and activities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme focused around providing land managers and communities with the knowledge and skills to continue to create and restore meadows after the project has concluded. This included a better understanding of meadow plants and other wildlife, as well as meadow management techniques.
Magnificent Meadows Cymru was a partnership project between Plantlife, the National Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. Our thanks go to the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing Fund, which primarily paid for the project.
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