Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cutting the Meadows

I got an email from Adrianne at Yorkshire Sculpture Park the other day to say that the blue test meadow plot behind the Garden Gallery had been cut, now that it's stopped flowering and the plants have shed their seeds.
The yellow plot will be cut later as it has still some plants flowering.

It doesn't seem that long since spring - and now summer is coming to a close.

Images by Adrianne Neil

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Liverpool Meadows

I had a day in Liverpool yesterday with Richard Scott from Landlife that is based at The National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool. We met at the Wildflower Centre where he showed me around and then we went on a day of travelling all over Liverpool and surrounding area to see meadows in both urban and rural settings.

We chatted lots about plants, meadows creation, attitudes to newly created habitats and policy that can effect the management and decisions of what you can do with pockets of land. It was a really great day and it has inspired me on about my blue and yellow meadows for Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Images above show bags of poppy seeds havested over the weekend; meadows in central Liverpool; a field of cornflowers ready to be harvested for seeds; a field of barley with cornflowers (both fields near St Helens).