St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

14 Sep

Eco-Active Evening: Mowing & Sowing Meadows

Thu 14 Sep 2017 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Heworth Holme, Bad Bargain/Tang Hall Lane entrance, York, YO31 0RE

Scything at Heworth Holme
Scything at Heworth Holme

Please note this event is taking place at Heworth Holme (see map below). If running late and can’t find the group easily, please call 07542 070466. Can’t make this date? Just click on the scything tag to get a list of all scything events.

Work up your appetite for a well deserved dinner at home by getting eco-active in your local meadow. Join in with mowing grass using traditional Austrian Scythes and removing the cuttings into habitat piles and compost areas. At this session we will also be sowing wildflower seeds to further improve the display next year. No matter how long you can stay on the day – even just 30 minutes will be a great help, you will be:

Wildflowers in particular can benefit from scything.

  • Improving the grassland area for pollinating insects and encouraging the growth of wildflowers. According to Buglife, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollination taking place so helping the insects is helping us all!
  • Meeting like-minded people in a friendly atmosphere while getting exercise and contributing to your local area looking more colourful and buzzing with life.
  • Learning or improving your scything, raking and wildflower sowing skills.

Who is the event suitable for?
All ages and abilities are welcome, full training will be given where needed and tools provided. Under 13s need to be accompanied by an adult and 13-17 year olds need parental consent. This event is part of our Meadow Keepers Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

 

Heritage Lottery Fund logoIf you would like more in depth scything and meadow management training, please email jonathan@stnicks.org.uk to find out more about the project and how you can get involved with the grassland management at the different sites.

Free entry, no need to book for individuals. If you’d like to bring a group, please get in touch.

https://stnicks.org.uk/get-inspired/blog/volunteer/guest-post-down-in-the-meadow/

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