Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Fields of Gold Appeal : Hollybed Farm

Saving an historic wildflower meadow and ancient orchard by purchasing Hollybed Farm on the historic commons of Malvern Chase in Worcestershire. To save and restore fields of golden wild flowers which support bees, crickets, butterflies and the birds, bats and myriad wildlife there.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 June 2013 to 12:00 PM, 1 August 2014

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  • What's exciting is the combination of protecting a truly special place and making it even more special through restoration.

    — Rob Allen

  • We've had a magnificent response from supporters - we just need the final push to reach our target.

    — Kate Thomas

  • What's exciting is the combination of protecting a truly special place and making it even more special through restoration.

    — Rob Allen

  • We've had a magnificent response from supporters - we just need the final push to reach our target.

    — Kate Thomas

Situation

Compared to the 1950s only a tiny fraction (c.3%) of the flower-rich meadows still survive in Britain - and they are still being lost every day. Of those remaining almost a quarter are in Worcestershire making our project of national importance. At the centre of the 42 acres of Hollybed Farm is the wonderful, flower-rich Starling Bank field , filled with golden wild flowers and grasses such as meadow vetchling,yellow rattle, burnet saxifrage and sweet vernal grass.

Solution

We will use seed -filled hay from Starling Bank to restore the other fields at Hollybed Farm. This together with traditional grazing and hay cutting will bring the fields back to life. We will also be restoring the existing remnant of the ancient orchard at the farm ; conserving the old trees and planting old varieties to provide food and habitats for many species of wildlife.