Festival-goers celebrating rare Bowland meadows

Walkers exploring a field at Bell Sykes Farm Coronation Meadows, Slaidburn. (s)
Walkers exploring a field at Bell Sykes Farm Coronation Meadows, Slaidburn. (s)
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A rainbow of events designed to help protect rare meadows will take place in the Ribble Valley.

Festival Bowland 2018 will host a fortnight of walks and craft sessions, beginning at the end of the month, to celebrate and promote the conservation of the area's hay meadows.

While most of these fields have been lost across the country, they have survived in the Forest of Bowland thanks to traditional farming practices, in particular the late cutting of the crop in July or August.

The forest is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its meadows are rich in species during summer, such as bats and birds, which feed and nest in them, or pollinators like bees. But as the meadows are only small, they have been a focus for conservation and restoration since 2012.

For more information, and booking details, visit www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events or send an email to sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk