Lady's Mead Chosen as Dorset's First Coronation Meadow
To celebrate the Queen’s 60th Coronation anniversary, 60 outstanding wild flower meadows across the UK have been chosen as Coronation Meadows to promote and protect wild flower meadows in the future.
They will be celebrated as ‘jewels in the crown’, places where people can enjoy a rich abundance of flora which has remained largely unchanged since the Coronation.
So, we are pleased to announce that Lady’s Mead, which is part of the Kingcombe Meadow’s Nature Reserve, has been chosen as Dorset’s very first Coronation Meadow. Traditional farming methods, which have been used for hundreds of years, have resulted in a breathtaking meadow, brimming with grasses and wild flowers.
In conjunction with Coronation Meadows, the Dorset Wildlife Trust is holding a Meadow Wildlife Weekend on the 15th and 16th of June, inviting people to come and spend time in these rare and beautiful spaces.
On Saturday 15th June the Kingcombe Centre will be open for refreshments and light lunches in the Conservatory Cafe, with an exhibition and celebration of the most beautiful meadows in Dorset. Then on Sunday 16th June, an exciting day is lined up for everyone who wants to enjoy the meadows which surround the centre. The day will begin with a plant folklore guided walk, followed by a delicious Father’s Day lunch and afterwards there will be a tour of Lady’s Mead, guided by one of our conservation experts.
We are very proud to have been awarded this highest accolade and hope you will join us with our celebrations. Across the UK, 97% of meadows have been lost in the past 75 years, so it is critical that we protect these areas for the future.