Coronation meadows

Prince Charles’ gift to the Queen on mark the anniversary of her coronation is a scheme to designate up to 107 British meadows, one in each county, by the end of the year.

Writing in the FT Weekend, Robin Lane Fox describes the scheme to reverse the loss of 97% of Britain’s traditionally grazed meadows since the 1950s. The project is linked to the charity Plantlife, and together they intend to build an inventory of British wildflower meadows. The Plantlife website has tips on how to grow your own meadow. You can also find out about your county’s flower, (estimates suggest each county is losing one wildflower species every two years), and help protect the part of wildflowers in our culture and heritage.