Meadow maintenance time!
Our idverde crews are half way through our annual meadow cuts in areas across the borough.
Look out for them cutting the meadows and removing the clippings – this essential maintenance of our meadows is important work, as it suppresses the grass and lets the light in so wildflower seeds germinate for next year.
Meadow cutting for hay is usually carried out from July into August for agriculture, but we start in mid-August and aim to complete all sites by mid-September - doing it a little later prevents a growth flush in the autumn as, unlike farmers, we don’t have animals to graze off the new growth.
The later cut can mean the weather is less than ideal (the recent rain is a case in point), but a few bare patches or tyre treads on soggy ground can be an advantage and are quickly colonised by new plants.
The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s, so we have been actively working with local friends groups and independent botanists to increase the amount of meadow grass we help to maintain and monitor over recent years.
Areas include our local nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest, including Muxton Marsh, Granville LNR, Dothill LNR, Apley woods LNR, Lodge Fields LNR, The Beeches LNR and Ketley Paddock Mound LNR. We also have wildflower swathes on suitable highway verges and in formal parks. Together they help pollinators, create wildlife corridors and make our borough a more green and pleasant place for all of us to enjoy.
Some meadow sites have seen tremendous results as grass has been replaced by different species of wildflowers - orchid numbers in Lodge Fields have risen from 15 to over 2,000 in just 15 years!
More information about Telford and Wrekin local nature reserves here.