Plumpton Jubilee wildflower meadow
Plumpton parish council invited the Plumpton Wildlife and Habitat Group to come up with an idea to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and we proposed that they help us find some land for a wildflower meadow that would be a lasting memorial.
To our delight they agreed and suggested that we manage on an experimental basis an unused part of the King George V Playing Field, adjacent to the Bevern stream.
An initial survey found that the area was already species-rich – the cutting regime had just never allowed the flowers to bloom.
The meadow was launched in June 2012 and some wild orchids planted with welcome sponsorship from people who attended the Jubilee Fair. The response to this initiative has been very positive from many people.
A survey by Sussex University’s River Ouse Research Project has revealed that this is one of the richest streamside meadows in the Ouse catchment.