Take a walk on the wild side in Jedburgh’s People’s Meadow

Yellow Rattle, key to establishing wild flower meadows because of its grass-inhibiting effect
Yellow Rattle, key to establishing wild flower meadows because of its grass-inhibiting effect

The charity Plantlife Scotland is holding a wildflower meadow walk at a small farm south of Jedburgh on Saturday.

Langlee Park is a People’s Meadow – places suggested by people as their favourite places to see wild flowers – under Plantlife’s Coronation Meadows project to celebrate wildflower meadows and encourage more.

Retired dentist Moira Land has cultivated more than 40 acres of wild flowers, first planting five acres about 10 years ago and establishing a further 35 acres five years ago.

She said: “I have just always been interested in wild flowers and realised under the old Stewardship scheme (10 years ago) you could get money to put in wild flowers. I thought ‘why not?’ and it grew.”

The 35-acre project saw her and her grandchildren scatter seeds from a Northumberland farmer’s traditional hay meadow, with the aim of encouraging bumblebees.

Head of Plantlife Scotland, Deborah Long, said: “Langlee Park is an excellent example of a flower-rich meadow in Scotland. We’ll be taking people out to the meadow and celebrating how fantastic it is and talking about the wide range of species there.”

Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts set up the Coronation Meadows project after patron Prince Charles wrote a forward to a Plantlife report on wild flowers last year when he said he wanted protect existing meadows and use them as a springboard to create new ones to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation.

Plantlife Scotland’s Davie Black, who will lead Saturday’s walk, said: “The species mix for the seeded meadows has resulted in a lovely colourful display of Meadow Buttercups and Red Clover, with Yellow Rattle, Self-heal and Meadow Vetchling sprinkled through the range of fine-leaved grasses in the sward. Marsh orchids are appearing in the wetter, downslope areas too.”

The event runs from 10.30am to 3pm, and will include meeting Moira. Places are limited to 20 and anyone interested in attending should contact Plantlife Scotland on 01786 478509/479382 or visit scotland@plantlife.org.uk.