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Different types of grasslands, such as meadows and parks, can be full of wildflowers and fungi, benefitting people, nature and climate.
Discover the wealth of benefits provided by these biodiverse habitats and why we need to take action to make the most of our grasslands.
Healthy grasslands, rich in wild plants and fungi, can provide so many ecosystem services and benefits. With the right management, they can support wildlife, store more carbon, produce nutritious food, provide clean air and water, plus so much more.
Yet, we’ve lost almost all of our most biodiverse grasslands. We need governments in England, Scotland, and Wales to take action to manage, restore, and create grasslands that are rich in wild plants and fungi – making the most of our grasslands for people, nature, and climate.
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Extreme weather resilience
Diverse plant species help to cope with droughts, with deep roots accessing nutrients and water
Natural beauty and cultural heritage
Filled with colour and life, grasslands enrich our landscape and culture, inspiring art & crafts
Cleaner air and water
Reducing fertiliser and pesticide use benefits our health and the natural environment
Health & wellbeing
Access to green spaces improves peoples’ mental & physical health
Diverse plants, fungi & microorganisms support healthy soils & their ecosystems, reducing soil erosion
Climate change mitigation
Carbon is safely stored in the undisturbed soils of permanent grasslands
Natural flood defence
Absorbent soils of floodplain meadows and other grasslands slow the flow of floodwaters
Better, joined-up habitats
Providing food, shelter and connected corridors for wildlife across the landscape 
More wildflowers help pollinators thrive 
Animal health & nutritious food
Livestock grazing on diverse plant species are healthier & produce more nutritious food
In heatwaves, wild plants & fungi retain moisture, absorb heat & provide shade for wildlife
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 Grassland ecosystem services: a systematic review of research advances and future directions | SpringerLink
 Improving access to greenspace: 2020 review (publishing.service.gov.uk)
 Frontiers | Managing Grazing to Restore Soil Health, Ecosystem Function, and Ecosystem Services (frontiersin.org)
 Briefing Document_Grasslands
 The natural capital of floodplains: management, protection and restoration to deliver greater benefits – Open Research Online
 Lowland Grassland Management Handbook (Second edition) – GRASSLAND (naturalengland.org.uk)
 Historical nectar assessment reveals the fall and rise of floral resources in Britain | Nature
 Microsoft Word – Is the rye-grass always greener FINAL (magnificentmeadows.org.uk)
 the-human-health-benefits.pdf (pastureforlife.org)
 Urban green space cooling effect in cities – ScienceDirect
Drive positive change for your local wildlife and local communities with Plantlife's LNRS Local Nature Recovery Strategy guidance.
It’s waxcap season in the Upper Ystwyth and Plantlife’s Sheena Duller explains why fungi and farming can go so well together.
Since the 1930s, 97% of wildflower meadows across England and Wales have disappeared – and we're creating positive change.
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