Walks, talks and workshops – what’s on in Bowland this summer?

Bell Sykes Farm Coronation wildflower meadows near Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland.

Summer is always a busy time in the Festival Bowland programme and this year is no exception.

A riot of colour and buzzing with life, Bowland’s traditional hay meadows are true havens during the summer months – and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy them this season.

The Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust are joining forces once again to offer a host of events designed to get people exploring and appreciating this rare and valuable habitat. 

Bowland Hay Time Project Officer, Carol Edmondson, said, “With these events we want to give people the chance to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of wildflowers; whether that’s through experiencing a meadow at the height of the season, seeing traditional scything in action, getting creative with arts and crafts, or learning how to grow their own wildflower plants.”

The series of events begins on 9th June with a meadow inspiration walk at Gisburn Forest and continues throughout the summer, including National Meadows Day and the Northern Scythe Festival over the first weekend of July, plus a second meadow walk and BioBlitz at the Crook o’ Lune, Lancaster later that week.

A textile workshop, photography walk and a tutorial on how to grow your own plants and manage a mini meadow are also being planned as part of the programme, with information coming soon.

Continued Carol: “Here in Bowland we’re lucky to have some of the last remaining upland hay meadows in the country thanks to the traditional practices being carried out on the farms where they’re found. Helping people to discover such special places is a really enjoyable part of my role.”

The Hay Time project is being supported by the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.

Information and booking details for all other Festival Bowland events can be found at: https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events

Guided walk in the Forest of Bowland

3rd May 2023
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