Restoring glorious grasslands

Restoring glorious grasslands

Kent Wildlife Trust has begun an exciting new project to bring back our traditional hay meadows, which have declined nationally by 97% since the 1940s.

The project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £156 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Ashford Meadows Project will enhance and restore flower-rich grasslands such as meadows, pastures and woodland rides and glades in Ashford and the surrounding area. It will also enhance other important habitats such as hedgerows, ponds and the Trust’s network of Roadside Nature Reserves, all of which provide important ‘stepping stones’ in the local landscape, especially within more urban areas.

The Project will involve working closely with partner organisations, landowners and community groups, and there are plans to establish a ‘Friends of Ashford Meadows’ Group to support landowners with finding local graziers and contractors.

To find out if your land could be included in the project, and for other enquiries, please call Camilla on 01622 357858.