Wild meadows to be safeguarded in every county

New wildlife-rich meadows will be created around the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation

Colourful, wildlife-rich wild flower meadows will be created and preserved across the UK in a plan to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.

The Coronation Meadows Project, led by Plantlife in partnership with the Wildlife Trusts and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, was launched by the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House in June.

Some 97% of the UK’s meadows, which provide rich homes for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, have been lost in the last 75 years.

After identifying and creating a wild flower meadow in each county, the project will go on to use these spaces as donor meadows, providing seeds for new wildlife-rich areas.

Plantlife chief executive Victoria Chester said the challenge was on “to conserve species and yet to maintain their essential wildness.”

She said: “In an age where we too often turn to the quick-fix of commercial ‘nectar mixes’, Coronation Meadows is a pledge to our children and grandchildren, using the floral riches of the past to create meadow gems for the future.”