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Incredible Grasslands

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.

grassland benefits 11 illustrations in a wheel

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.

Benefits for people, nature and climate

Extreme weather resilience

Diverse plant species help to cope with droughts, with deep roots accessing nutrients and water[1]

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[2]

Health & wellbeing

Access to green spaces improves peoples’ mental & physical health[3]

Healthier Soil

Diverse plants, fungi & microorganisms support healthy soils & their ecosystems, reducing soil erosion[4]

Climate change mitigation

Carbon is safely stored in the undisturbed soils of permanent grasslands[5]

Natural flood defence

Absorbent soils of floodplain meadows[6] and other grasslands slow the flow of floodwaters

Better, joined-up habitats

Providing food, shelter and connected corridors for wildlife across the landscape [7]

Increased pollination

More wildflowers help pollinators thrive [8]

Animal health & nutritious food

Livestock grazing on diverse plant species are healthier[9] & produce more nutritious food[10]

Cooler environment

In heatwaves, wild plants & fungi retain moisture, absorb heat[11] & provide shade for wildlife

Our Work in Grasslands

Fen Orchid Programme

Fen Orchid Programme

A more than 10 years programme of increasing the population of the Fen Orchid in the UK lead by Plantlife.

A big win for grassland, but farmers need more
Cows in a field of grass by a gate in Greena Moor

A big win for grassland, but farmers need more

After a big government announcement, our experts have been delving into the details on the latest funding changes for farmers.

Sustainable farming needs government support, report reveals
Wildflowers growing in a meadow with cattle behind

Sustainable farming needs government support, report reveals

As governments continue to undervalue grasslands, Plantlife is calling on policymakers to help farmers make sustainable choices.