Wild flower meadows remind us of our childhood. The making of two areas in the Garden bring the countryside into the town.

is mowed in mid June and again in late October. This is to encourage the spring flowers to bloom and then to allow seed to set. Some examples of spring meadow flowers include Snakeshead Fritillary, Ragged Robin , Red Campion, Meadow Buttercup, Dandelion, Selfheal and Cowslip.

There are 32 species of wild flowers and 22 species of grass in the meadows of the Hermitage. Birds such as Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Dunnock feed on the meadow seeds and give extra colour all year round.

Other wildlife seen in the meadow include Ground Beetles, Ladybirds, Earwigs, Red Ants, as well as Butterflies and Moths. You can occasionally hear the arguments of Shrews as they meet, or the rustling of a Bank Vole.

is left to grow from mid June to allow flowers to bloom and seed to set. It is cut in September. Flowers of the summer meadow include Ox-eye Daisy, Field Poppy, Cornflower,

Corn Marigold, Field Scabious, White Campion, Red Clover, Tufted Vetch, Common Vetch, Greater Knapweed, Teasel, and Meadow Cranesbill.

Grasses tend to be overlooked, but you will notice the variety here and you will see how delicate and attractive they are. They are often the food supply of Caterpillars such as the Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper.

Why not create a small meadow of your own and help save some of our cornfield wildlife? Remember to remove the grass cuttings to reduce the competition between your wild flowers and grasses

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