Events and Meadow Visits


We are always keen to receive news of any events or courses which might be of interest to the general public or other meadow owners. Do please contact us below:




Coronavirus and Spring Meeting 

We have been monitoring the Government and NHS Covid-19 websites’ advice on holding public meetings, and as the pandemic is now developing rapidly, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the Spring meeting that was to be held at Myddfai on 21st March.  It’s a pity, as it promised to be a very interesting meeting, but as thing stand, it does not seem feasible to go ahead.  We aim to reschedule the meeting, as soon it seems appropriate and safe to do so. Please keep an eye on this website ( and on the CMG Facebook page for updates and a mailshot will also be sent out to let all current members know the new arrangements.

First event of the year – the Spring Meeting – its on 21 March 10 am at Myddfai Community Hall.




Announcing Our Autumn meeting on Saturday 5 October 10-13.00:

2019 Autumn meeting poster


Another fabulous event – not one of ours but worth promoting:

Thursday 21 March:

Oil beetle flyer_Ceredigion (1)

2019 Spring Meeting

Yes, its nearly Spring and time to post the details of our spring meeting.  We hope to see you and what we think will be a useful and practical meeting:

Spring meeting poster (2)

We are promoting this meeting on various Facebook pages and to gardening clubs and like minded groups.  If you have a group or network  – or local shop or notice board where our event could promoted, please let us know by emailing

We are trying to move the meetings round the county – to share out the driving responsibilities.  Please do use our Facebook page if you want to try to organise lift sharing.

For those up near the border with Ceredigion, keep an eye out for the Ceredigion Meadows Group activities and meetings – they have an active Facebook page.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for events please do let us know – as its your group.

Best wishes.




2018 Autumn Meeting

Autumn meeting poster


Ranger Ramble at Dinefwr
Tuesday 15th May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
National Trust Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Join a guided walk around Dinefwr as we take a look at the wild flowers, plants and lichens that make their home there. With wonderful woodlands, ancient trees and magnificent meadows, we’re sure to find some botanical treats!

Booking is essential. To book a place, or for more information, please call National Trust Dinefwr on 01558 824512

Dewch am dro tywysedig o gwmpas Dinefwr wrth i ni edrych ar y blodau gwyllt, planhigion a chennau sydd wedi ymgartrefu yno. Gyda choetiroedd ysblennydd, coed hynafol a gweirgloddiau gwych, rydyn ni’n siŵr o gael hyd i ambell amheuthun botanegol!

Rhaid archebu lle. I wneud hynny, neu am fwy o wybodaeth, ffoniwch Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol Dinefwr ar 01558 824512

Wild flower & Orchid Count
Saturday 16th June, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Cae Blaen Dyffryn reserve, Carmarthenshire

We think you book it by going to plantlife’s website:

there’s a form to fill in and submit, or a phone number to ring.


Visit to land belonging to the county’s joint botanical recorders.

On 23 May 2018:

A big thanks to Richard and Kath Pryce who have given us the opportunity to take a guided tour of their fields and woodland on 23 May 2018.  This is open to CMG members only.

Their place is in the Pontyberem area, South East of Carmarthen.

The tour will start at 10.30 on 23rd May, and should take around two hours.  Numbers have to be limited, so to book your place, please contact Kate Smith at the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC) by email –

Kate will give you directions on how to get there.

Remember to bear in mind that some of the woodlands are steep and rocky, possibly with loose rocks underfoot and it could also be muddy in parts. Be prepared and come in stout boots or Wellies.

If some find the itinerary too arduous, the route could be limited to the pastures and easy bits of woodland.  There will be brambles, low-branches and twigs – so be aware of trip, eye and scratch hazards, as well as the possibility of damage to clothes!  We don’t want to make it sound too dangerous though – there are no bears.

Please do contact Kate as soon as possible – so we get a decent idea on numbers.


An event for your summer diary:  Wednesday 6 June 6.30pm

Restoring marshy grassland – CCC/PONT – a site visit for CMG member

This visit is to a site in Cross Hands, which is managed by Carmarthenshire County Council with support from PONT.  The site is being managed by Amanda Evans (CCC Conservation Project Officer) with help from Emma Douglas (PONT) by stock grazing and habitat management (coppicing/fencing) and has received funding from the Glastir Small Grant programme.

It is an opportunity to discuss the benefits of grazing animals when managing marshy grassland and the issues to think about when tackling encroaching scrub.

Please book for this session which will be about 1.5-2 hours. Wellies required!

Contact Isabel Macho – to book a place.


CMG spring meeting on Saturday March 24 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm, at Banc Y Felin Hall.

Professor David Thorne from Trinity St.David’s Lampeter University will talk to us on “Field Names and Mediciners”. 

Professor Thorne has extensive knowledge on the significance of Welsh field names and their history and usage.

In addition Richard Pryce, the county’s botanical recorder will speak about Plant Indicator species for wildflower meadows. Richard and his wife Kath have been the county’s botanical recorders for many years and they have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us all.

This meeting will end with the AGM of the CMG, and this is a great time to raise any issues or ideas about how the CMG is developing.

Summer 2018 – We have plans for a number of visits to meadows both within the county, and further afield throughout the summer of 2018. These will be open to all CMG members, but may need booking. More specific dates and details will follow in due course.

The autumn CMG meeting will take place at Pumsaint hall on Saturday September 22nd 2018, again from 10.00 am to 1 pm.

 Laura Jones will speak about her research, based at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, on honeybee foraging.  As well as Laura we hope to have Gareth Griffiths from Aberystwyth University talking to us about his work with grassland fungi, in particular Waxcap mushrooms, including his work on using soil analysis to detect fungal DNA; and also a short film presentation by Dave Bevan who is an extremely talented and experienced wildlife photographer based in Rhydcymerau, North Carmarthenshire. Some readers may recall seeing some of Dave’s photos of Dormice on these pages, and to whet your appetite further, follow the link below to a recent video clip of his.

The spring and autumn meetings will be free to members, and open to visitors for £3 per person.

For the spring 2019 meeting we are already planning a presentation/discussion on options for haymaking on our meadows, and how some members do this, along with another speaker, still to be confirmed.



Please check back regularly for additional events…CMG events are listed first. Please scroll down for other events which might be of interest to members.



Autumnal Meeting

Saturday September 23rd 2017

An indoor meeting at Myddfai from 10.00 am to 1 pm .

We have George Peterken, author of the seminal book on meadow management, “Meadows” coming to talk to us, from Monmouthshire, along with Jacqueline Hartley talking about Dormice, which have been found in the county. These small mammals are very secretive and largely nocturnal, and so rarely seen, but it will be a fascinating insight into their ecology.

In addition there will be a small display of locally made hay samples. If you’d like to bring some along, please use a large plastic bag, and it would be interesting if you could provide a few details on when, where, how it was made. Anyone who’s managed to make hay this this year in the challenging conditions would be welcome to participate. There will be time to look at these samples during refreshment breaks.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available to purchase in the hall, as well as a light lunch afterwards.

Since the hall is manned by volunteers, if you think you’re likely to want to stay for lunch, which will provide another good opportunity to chat with other members, do let me know in advance so that I can pass this on to the hall’s catering team.

Julian Wormald (website administrator) :


Do please pass on the above posters to anyone who might be interested, and if could print off copies to display locally that would be a great way of raising awareness of the group. Thank you.



         Spring Meeting 2017

Interested in wild flower meadows? Do you own or manage one, or have a wild flower area in your garden, in Carmarthenshire, or nearby?

Coronation Hall, Pumsaint SA19 8UW (Opposite the Dolaucothi Arms)

Saturday, March 25 th 2017 10am – 1pm.

“Soft Rush, a Growing Problem”

A 40 minute film made by Julian Wormald to show how, over 3 years, six acres of their smallholding are changing from soft rush to a species rich, productive wet meadow.


A talk by Sinead Lynch, of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  Sinead is the Trust’s Conservation Officer for Wales.

Come and meet other meadow owners and ecologists.

Entry is £3, or £10 on the day to become a member of the group for the year.

If you’d like to become a member of the group, but can’t make it to the meeting, please see the separate webpage for CMG membership.

Tea/Coffee/Squash/biscuit included.

If you’d like some lunch after the event at the Dolaucothi Arms directly opposite the Pumsaint hall, then we’d suggest booking in with Dave and Esther. Click here for their contact details, because they can get quite busy, and have limited places. Dave and Esther have also very kindly allowed anyone booked in for lunch to park their car in the pub’s car park.

Please arrive promptly so we have plenty of time after the talk and film for discussion, both about meadow management and about how we are developing the group.


sdim2894-2Meadow Walk at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales 

Saturday May 20 th 2017. 10.30 am

Come and find out how the National Botanic Garden of Wales is farming its land for biodiversity. The walk will take in an orchid-rich hay meadow, a Welsh black cattle grazed rhos pasture and a field of international importance for waxcap fungi, and be led by the NBGW’s Bruce Langridge. Bruce will be accompanied by a local contractor, Ivy Denham, who has much experience in wildflower meadow management.

It will last about 2 hours and start and finish at the gatehouse entrance to the NBGW. The event is free for NBGW members, or a reduced entry to the Gardens of £5 for any Carmarthenshire Meadows Group members who aren’t already NBGW members (mention this at the pay desk, and that you are there for the meadows walk).

This event is open to paid up members of CMG members only. If you’re not yet a member, but would like to join the group, then please visit the separate CMG membership page to find out how to do this.


    Meadow Walk at Cwmdu.

Wednesday June 21st 2017

This guided walk will be open to paid up members of Carmarthenshire Meadows Group only.

On Wednesday, June 21 st there will be a walk on a circular public footpath taking in some fabulous Carmarthenshire wildflower meadows. Starting at the car park opposite the Cwmdu Inn, ( ) at 10.30 am, we’re very fortunate to have Richard and Kath Pryce coming to accompany us on this walk. As many will know, Richard and Kath are the county’s botanical recorders, and they have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in identifying all the plants that might be spotted on a walk like this.

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland appoints a Recorder for each county of the British Isles.  Each Recorder is a volunteer who receives no financial reward and is not reimbursed for expenses but acts entirely out of their enthusiasm for the subject and for recording, monitoring and conserving Britain’s flora.

                                 See more here : 

The walk may take about 1.5 to 2 hours, and should finish in time to catch the village’s pub still open should anyone like a drink, or maybe bring some refreshments with you. The terrain is reasonable, but there will be a couple of stiles and mild gradients to negotiate, and walkers should come wearing suitable footwear for walking through long vegetation and possibly wet ground. The walk may even take place in very wet conditions, so do dress appropriately! (Richard and Kath on a previous visit to the site, below. Many thanks to them for this photo.)To allow for discussion with Richard and Kath, we’ll need to limit numbers to a maximum of 20 CMG members. (There are already 10 places taken, so speedy booking is advised!)  Places need to be booked in advance, so if you’d like to come on this walk around what are some very inspirational meadows, probably with many orchids in bloom at this time of the year, please book places by emailing me, Julian Wormald,

If you’re not yet a member, but would like to join the group, then please visit the separate CMG membership page to find out how to do this.


National Meadows Day 2017


Saturday July 1 st

Several events are being planned locally including ..

Meadow Walks and Open Garden at Gelli Uchaf, Rhydcymerau, SA19 7PY

Saturday July 1st 10.30 am and 2.30 pm

(Limited numbers, must pre book)

with owners Julian and Fiona Wormald, who have an 11 acre smallholding with 6 acres of meadows and a 1 acre garden, which they regularly open for charity to visitors. Click here for more. Visitors must pre book a place at either 10.30 and or 2.30 pm because parking is limited. There is a £4 charge which goes to the charities which the National Garden Scheme supports.


A Farm Open Day with Ruth Watkins at her farm, in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Pencraig goch, Llanddeusant

Saturday July 1st

10.00 am to 4 pm

22 acres of Ruth’s 70 acre farm has been designated as SSSI status, and includes diverse habitats which she manages with both sheep and Welsh Black cattle.

Ruth says: I plan guided walks, pond dipping and if not raining an insect activity such as sweep netting if I have someone able to interpret them for the visitors. Also a talk/display on the historical aspect of the meadows as part of my traditional farm and its geology. 

No charge for visiting, but no dogs please. Please contact Ruth by email for more details…

Click on the link below to download more details and directions:

Ruth Watkins Flier for Meadows day 1 correction- wet heath (1) 30 06 2017


Other events for National Meadows Day…

Saturday 1st July – National Meadows Day
A walk with Lizzie Wilberforce, Conservation Manager of the WTSWW to explore the grassland and wildlife of Carmel National Nature Reserve.  This is a joint walk for E. Carmarthenshire, Bridgend and Swansea groups of the WTSWW, but all are welcome.  Please contact Lizzie for details:

National Meadows Day Celebration at Dinefwr

Saturday 1st July, 11.00am – 4.00pm

National Trust Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Come along and celebrate National Meadows Day at National Trust Dinefwr’s beautiful Castle Field. Activities for all the family including guided walks, making wild flower bunting and bug hunts. You can even get involved in our meadow survey. Entry fee for adults is £8.00 gift aided (£7.27 non gift aided) and for children is £4.00 gift aided (£3.63 non gift aided). This is an open event but please book a place if you would like to join a guided walk. To book on a walk, or to find out more about the event contact: or call 02920 376193.


Many farms, smallholdings and nature reserves have areas that are difficult to manage, with slopes, uneven ground, tight corners and wet, boggy land. Conventional machinery is often too big or heavy and manual equipment too time consuming to use. Livestock, especially traditional breeds, can often do a great job but if these are not available, or less palatable vegetation has got away, cutting is often the first step to getting the land back into suitable condition.

Enter the new Grillo Climber 10 – a 4 x 4 brushcutter mower that knows how to work under these conditions and is suitable for cutting grass, rush, bramble and even small scale scrub. “Tractor” wheels and light weight distribution make the machine suitable for wetter areas too.

The Grillo Climber will be demonstrated by ‘Conservation & Trees’ land managers at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledrws, on Saturday 1 July, from 1pm to 4pm. PONT, Wales’s not-for-profit grazing organisation, has arranged the demo along with more traditional small scale scything as part of Plantlife’s National Meadows Day.

Further information

Event details:

Sunday 2nd July

Also at Carmel NNR, a day led by Sinead Lynch of the Bumblebee Conservation trust, to also include other wildlife interests. Meet in NNR Car Park on the A476 (SN590157) 300m north of the Stag and Pheasant Pub. Morning: meet at 10.30am, a walk mainly around grassland sections of the reserve. Afternoon: meet at 1.30pm, woodland and heath.  This is a joint day with the E. Carmarthenshire group of the WTSWW and the Llanelli Naturalists.



Plant identification training led by DR TIM RICH

‘Oodles of umbellifers’National Trust Dinefwr, Thursday 6th July 2017


‘The terror of yellow composites’

 Carmel village hall and NNR, Friday 7th July 2017 (this is a repeat of last year’s training).

Funding from Wales Biodiversity Partnership has made it possible for us to run these training events. To book, or for more details, please ring

Kate Smith, Senior Species Data Officer,

West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC)

Tel. 01994 241468  or email Kate  <>


A day’s course on identifying meadow invertebrates

Places are limited – please book by sending an email to . For more information, please ring 01597 870301 or 01597 823298.


Saturday 29th July 2017 10:30am to 3:30pm

The Butterflies of Carmarthenshire 

Learn how to identify butterflies and their food plants, and how to manage their habitats.

Indoor morning presentation, and afternoon butterfly walk with Dr Deborah Sazer.

Saturday 29th July 2017 10:30am to 3:30pm

Carmel Village Hall, Carmel, Carmarthenshire SA14 7TL

£20 per person

Special offer: £15 Carmarthenshire Meadows Group members

Booking essential

Indoor session in the morning at Carmel Village Hall, then we will walk a short distance to Carmel National Nature Reserve (South and West Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve) in the afternoon for an outdoor practical session.

Note that this will involve walking over some rough ground, so unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.

Tea and coffee provided, please bring lunch

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing

Contact: Wild Gower / Gŵyr Gwyllt


Phone: 07703 343597


Of interest to landowners with wet meadows, and organised by PONT:



s1010070-2Thought of Using A Scythe?

A unique opportunity to learn how to scythe, for a highly discounted rate of £15.

Introduction to scything course

Cae Blaen Dyffryn, nr Lampeter, Carmarthenshire

Thursday 24th August 2017, 10am – 4pm and

Saturday 26th August 2017, 10am – 4pm (repeat)

Cost:  ONLY £15 per course

Available only to members of Plantlife and the Carmarthenshire Meadows Group.

Would you like to learn the art of scything? It is an eco-friendly, fun way of cutting hay, clearing scrub and even mowing the lawn! The aim of this course is to teach you what you need to know to get you mowing. It is an ideal beginning before you buy your first scythe or to improve your technique if you already have one. The course is very hands-on and there will be plenty of chance to practice. The course takes place on Plantlife’s beautiful Cae Blaen Dyffryn reserve. We will start by looking at how to set up a scythe so that it will work well for you and then have a go at mowing part of the reserve. After lunch we will cover the all important job of keeping your blade sharp and cutting well, including the art of peening, before trying some more mowing.s1010045-2

The tutor is Phil Batten of Scythe Cymru and this course is subsidised by the Welsh Government.

For more information on scything please visit

To Book A Place Visit:

For more information please contact Helen Bradley, Plantlife Cymru, 02920 376193 or email




CMG Members Guidance notes for Meadow Visits.

Meadow visits are really interesting events, but do please bear in mind that any such visit can involve risks, which can be sensibly reduced by visitors as well as meadow owners. So visitors should discuss any particular health or mobility concerns before deciding to visit a particular property and make the meadow owner aware of any such potential issues. Visitors should wear appropriate and sensible clothing and footwear according to the season and conditions. Be prepared to use walking sticks and umbrellas if appropriate. Do listen carefully to meadow owner’s pre visit briefing and guidance notes paying special attention to any particular risks or hazards along the planned route. Never deviate from the planned route without the owner’s permission. Don’t take any plant material from the site without the owner’s permission. Dogs are not generally permitted on such visits, and if brought may have to be left in the vehicle for the duration of the visit. Please park on arrival as instructed in advance on the day by the meadow owner, and bear in mind that any vehicles parked on site are done so entirely at the car owner’s risk. Do check with the meadow owner whether they feel it appropriate for children of CMG members to accompany them on to the site in question. In these cases the responsibility for supervising the safety of visiting children lies entirely with their parents /and or guardian. The meadow owner will not be held responsible for the death or any injury of any visitor during the visit, unless this arises due to negligence on the part of the meadow owner.  


Other Events for 2017

2 courses run by PONT, of interest to meadow owners.

Grazing Restoration is on 9 May and is aimed at those who initiate the reintroduction of grazing or changes in grazing and those who are involved in managing land with livestock for habitat restoration and conservation.    Contact Dick for further information:

Working with Farmers  is on 23 May and will cover everything you need to know to help you understand farmers, stock management and farming systems from farm finances to what stock to graze where.  Contact Angie for further information:


Saturday 1st July – National Meadows Day
A walk with Lizzie Wilberforce, Conservation Manager of the WTSWW to explore the grassland and wildlife of Carmel National Nature Reserve.  This is a joint walk for E. Carmarthenshire, Bridgend and Swansea groups of the WTSWW, but all are welcome.  Please contact Lizzie for details:

National Meadows Day Celebration at Dinefwr

Saturday 1st July, 11.00am – 4.00pm

National Trust Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Come along and celebrate National Meadows Day at National Trust Dinefwr’s beautiful Castle Field. Activities for all the family including guided walks, making wild flower bunting and bug hunts. You can even get involved in our meadow survey. Entry fee for adults is £8.00 gift aided (£7.27 non gift aided) and for children is £4.00 gift aided (£3.63 non gift aided). This is an open event but please book a place if you would like to join a guided walk. To book on a walk, or to find out more about the event contact: or call 02920 376193.

Sunday 2nd July  Also at Carmel NNR, a day led by Sinead Lynch of the Bumblebee Conservation trust, to also include other wildlife interests. Meet in NNR Car Park on the A476 (SN590157) 300m north of the Stag and Pheasant Pub. Morning: meet at 10.30am, a walk mainly around grassland sections of the reserve. Afternoon: meet at 1.30pm, woodland and heath.  This is a joint day with the E. Carmarthenshire group of the WTSWW and the Llanelli Naturalists.


Events organised by Bumblebee Conservation Trust…

For more information on any of these, please get in touch with Sinead Lynch, the area officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust… 

05/06/2017 Beginners bumblebee identification training day @ Scolton Manor, Pembrokeshire This event is yet to be confirmed – booking with Ant Rogers>
29/06/2017 Volunteer survey day at Kilpaison bunds, Pembroke  
30/06/2017 Advanced bumblebee identification training @ Denmark farm, near Lampeter – for recorders with some familiarity with the common species Book with Denmark Farm
01/07/2017 Meadows day at Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron (bee walk)  
25/07/2017 Volunteer survey day at Denmark farm near Lampeter  
26/07/2017 Wildflowers and bees walk @ St Dogmaels, Pembs, with ‘The People’s Orchard’ Details to be confirmed
27/07/2017 Beginners bumblebee identification training day@ St Dogmaels Details to be confirmed. Booking will be essential
28/07/2017 Rare bee surveys – Chapel fields and Freshwater east dunes  
18/08/2017 Bee walk at Caerhys Farm harvest festival, St David’s  
23/08/2017 Volunteer survey day at St Dogmaels  
30/08/2017 Beginners bumblebee identification training day @ Dinefwr near Llandeilo This event is yet to be confirmed – let me know if you’re interested. Booking will be essential
31/08/2017 Volunteer survey day at Pembrey burrows with Carmarthenshire Council  

Other Plantlife Cymru events in Carmarthenshire – 2017


Workshop: How healthy is your meadow?

Thursday 8th June, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Denmark Farm, Ceredigion.

Do you own or manage a meadow or grassland? Would you like to find out how to monitor its development? This workshop will give you all the tools and information you need including which plants to choose as indicators, how to set up transects and how to analyse the results of your surveys. You will be able to take part in a trial survey and learn how to apply the techniques to your own land. This is a free course but booking is essential. For more information or to book please contact: or call 02920 376193


Wild flower & Orchid Count

Saturday 17th June, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cae Blaen Dyffryn reserve, near Lampeter, Carmarthenshire

Join us at beautiful Cae Blaen Dyffryn for the annual survey of the wild flowers and greater butterfly orchids at the reserve. With thousands of flowers to count, every pair of eyes is needed! The day will include a guided walk, wild flower survey and orchid count and a lunchtime talk. We also hope to set up a moth trap to learn more about the insects using the reserve. Booking is essential. For more information or to book please contact: or call 02920 376193



Gweithdy: Pa mor iach yw eich dôl?
Ddydd Iau, 8 Mehefin 10:00am-4:00pm
Fferm Denmarc, Sir Gaerfyrddin
Ydych chi’n berchen neu’n rheoli dôl neu laswelltir? Hoffech chi gael gwybod sut i fonitro ei datblygiad? Bydd y gweithdy hwn yn rhoi’r holl offer a’r wybodaeth sydd eu hangen arnoch, gan gynnwys pa blanhigion i’w dewis fel dangosyddion, sut i osod trawsluniau a sut i ddadansoddi canlyniadau eich arolygon. Gallwch gymryd rhan mewn arolwg prawf, a dysgu sut i gymhwyso’r technegau i’ch tir eich hun.
Mae’r cwrs yn rhad ac am ddim ond mae archebu lle yn hanfodol. I archebu lle, neu i gael gwybod mwy cysylltwch â: neu ffoniwch 02920 376193

Cyfri Blodau gwyllt a Tegeirianau
Dydd Sadwrn, 17 Mehefin 10:00am-4:00pm
Gwarchodfa Cae Blaen Dyffryn, ger Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Sir Gaerfyrddin
Ymunwch â ni yng Nghae Blaen Dyffryn ar gyfer arolwg blynyddol y blodau gwyllt a’r tegeirian llydanwyrdd yn y warchodfa. Gyda miloedd o flodau i’w cyfrif, mae angen pob pâr o lygaid! Bydd y diwrnod yn cynnwys taith dywys, arolwg o flodau gwyllt a chyfrif tegeirianau, a sgwrs amser cinio. Rydym hefyd yn gobeithio gosod trap gwyfynod i ddysgu mwy am y trychfilod sy’n defnyddio’r warchodfa.
Mae archebu lle yn hanfodol. I archebu lle, neu i gael gwybod mwy cysylltwch â: neu ffoniwch 02920 376193

Helen Bradley

Outreach Officer/Swyddog Allgymorth

Forest Farm Conservation Centre, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 7JH

Canolfan Gadwraeth Fferm y Fforest, Heol Fferm y Fforest, Eglwys Newydd Caerdydd, CF14 7JH

02920 376193 / 07741 314155



Autumnal Meeting  – Saturday October 8th 10 am to 1 pm

An autumnal meeting of the Meadows Group will take place on the morning of Saturday October 8th 2016, at the lovely Visitor Centre at Myddfai. The morning will run from 10.00 am to 1 pm, and begin at 10.15 am with a talk by Sheikh Ahmed.IMG_7809 (Wild Angelica, Angelica sylvestris -Rachel Barber)

“The Physicians of Myddfai and their role in the development of Medicine today”.

It should last about 20-25 mins. The talk will cover the following topics: The Legend and the History of the Physicians of Myddfai with a description of some of the remedies they actually used; the use of modern culinary herbs as herbal remedies; some of the important  treatments that have been developed from the herbal tradition and their place in modern medicine today; and finally a description of how the Community Centre plays a big part in the life of the Myddfai community today.IMG_7820

Sheikh graduated as a Biochemist from the University of Manchester in the 60’s with further qualifications in Pharmacology; worked as a Research Biochemist in ICI (later Zeneca and AstraZeneca); moved over to Sales and Marketing for the same company; came to Wales to set up the world’s first major clinical trial of tamoxifen in Breast Cancer in Cardiff; set up further trials in Wales for my company in Prostate Cancer; worked on a number of cancer Advisory Committees for the Welsh Government; currently serve as a member of the Welsh Cancer Trials Network and sit as a board member on major clinical trials in lung cancer; finally in retirement, he now serves as a Director of the Myddfai Community Centre.IMG_7811

4 local meadow owners will then be telling us a little bit about their own meadows and holdings…s1010044-2

(Aftermath regrowth at one of the Dyfed Permaculture Trust scythed hay meadows, above on 14/09/)

Laurence Brooks is a consultant ecologist, and owns a 25 acre farm, which was bought about 4 years ago. It had one established herb-rich hay meadow (about 2 acres) and no areas had any chemical inputs – or inputs of any other kind – time/effort etc! for quite a few years. It was mainly horse grazed with a few sheep and a lot of chickens. It still has no inputs (except time, money and effort!) and now has three meadows, one arable field and three fields permanent grazing for 11 cows, and about 35 sheep including lambs. Just over 1 hectare has been planted as broad leaved woodland and one ungrazed enclosure contains a pond and is turning to scrub.

Quentin McGarvie who manages meadows on slopes without machinery will also talk about his experiences, as will Maggie Fearn and Pablo Troccoli.

Maggie and Pablo’s holding in the Cothi valley, Pistyllgwyn, is a 20 acres piece of land with habitat varying from dry grassland, marshy grassland, damp woodland pasture and woodland, including a long stretch or river (Cothi) frontage. The combination of these habitats offer a refuge to a wide range of wildlife species. In November 2012 Pistyllgwyn received a Landscape and Biodiversity Grant, from the Carmarthenshire Landscape and Heritage Grant Scheme, and their presentation is intended as a brief account of the work done on the land, its visible results in the present, and a conversation open to the expertise present in the room about the best steps to follow in the management of Pistyllgwyn’s precious environment.

Finally Lynn Sharpe will talk about her experiences on her holding in North Carmarthenshire.s1010016-2

At the summer social meeting, Colin Cheesman commented that all meadows are individually different and in many ways unique, so it’s great to have such a wealth of practical knowledge and the experience of other Carmarthenshire meadow owners to listen to, and learn from.

There will be also be an opportunity to ask questions, and discuss ideas for further development of the meadows group. The meeting is free for anyone wishing to attend and refreshments, including cakes and lunch, will be available to buy from the centre’s cafe. It would be really helpful for the centre’s catering team if anyone planning on attending could let me know in advance, and if they’re likely to stay for some lunch so that Myddfai have an idea of numbers of numbers to expect..

Please email Julian Wormald …


                             Talk and walk at Cae Blaen Dyffryn

Meet at Carreg Hirfaen School, Treherbert St, Cwmann, Lampeter SA48 8EP

Sunday 19th June

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This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Coronation Meadows project which is transforming meadows across Wales and beyond. There will also be a visit to Cae Blaen Dyffryn – a Plantlife reserve and also part of the Coronation Meadows project. This site is rich in grasses, ferns and wild flowers including the rare greater butterfly-orchid, lesser butterfly-orchid and moonwort. You’ll find out about how the reserve is managed and the changes it has seen in species over recent years.sdim8154-2

The first half of the session will be indoors where there will be a talk from Coronation Meadows Project Manager, Dan Merrett. We will then head to the reserve for a guided walk with Colin Cheesman, Head of Plantlife Cymru.

To book your free place please contact Helen Bradley, Outreach Officer or 02920 376193 by Monday 6th June.

Carmarthenshire Meadows Group – Summer Social

Dinefwr National Trust, Llandeilo

Wednesday 29th June

10.00 am-12.45pm

Come along for a relaxed morning at the beautiful Dinefwr Park. We’ll begin in Newton House with talks from PONT on conservation grazing and also from Plantlife Cymru on what plants can reveal about the health of a meadow.CB_310714_3

After some tea and cakes, we’ll take a short stroll to the meadow in the grounds of Newton House to find out more about its history and management from the National Trust and take a look at the wild flowers that are in bloom.

To book your free place please contact Helen Bradley, Outreach Officer or 02920 376193 by Monday 6th June



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*** On National Meadows Day ***

Carmel National Nature Reserve –

A guided walk through the reserve

Saturday July 2nd 2016 from 10.00 am to 12.00pm

Location (name of site) Carmel NNR
Nearest Town Carmel
Post code SA14 7TN
Grid reference SN590161 (nature reserve)


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  A guided ramble through the meadows and woodlands of the 50 ha Carmel nature reserve, managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Carmel comprises a series of semi-improved meadows under restoration as well as a matrix of broadleaf woodland and unimproved grasslands and glades. The site has a rich cultural history reflected in the quarries and lime kilns found throughout the nature reserve.
              No booking is necessary
Contact Details(name) Lizzie Wilberforce, Conservation Manager
Contact Details (phone) 07970 780553
Contact Details (email)


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National Meadows Day on Saturday July 2nd 2016
Gelli Uchaf Meadows and Garden
Meadow Walks and a chance to look round the gardens at Gelli Uchaf small holding, which have been designed to incorporate many insect friendly flowers.
This event is in aid of the charities of the National Gardens Scheme.SDIM8042 (2)
Places are limited so must be booked.
10.30 am and 2.30 pm.
£4 per person. Cakes/teas available as well if pre-booked (£3 pp).
The gardens were featured as 1 of 10 secret gardens in Wales to visit by Wales Online in 2014 and were also filmed in 2016 for BBC2’s Gardener’s World programme.sdim3594-2
The 11 acres of meadows are being gradually restored to increasing floral and fungal diversity and include both hill, and valley bottom wet pastures. A photographic display of the progress so far, will be available, and weather permitting, some of our manual hay making techniques may also be on view.S1040045 (2)
Please book by contacting Julian and Fiona Wormald
01558 685119
Gelli Uchaf
SA19 7PY

National Meadows Day on Saturday July 2nd 2016

The second such day being staged to raise awareness of our wild flower meadows across the UK. There will be local events staged to tie in with this. Do think about whether you would like to hold one at your meadow, and let Isabel or Julian know.

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                                               Meadow Open Days.
In our first year, several members held open days at their meadows. Hopefully 2016 will provide more opportunities to share your patch with some visitors. Do let us know details, if you plan to do this.

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Apologies for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. If you spot any, then please let me know…

3 thoughts on “Events and Meadow Visits

  1. We’d like to go to the wild flower day at the NBGW, and yes it would seem a good opportunity to meet up with other meadow group members if enough of us are there. Andrew & Helen Martin


  2. National Trust –ranger-led walks around Dinefwr Park

    These walks are every fortnight on a Thursday at 12p.m. The next walk is on Thursday the 18th June at 12p.m and the walk will be all about wildflowers in our Castle Field

    Visitors are welcome to book on to any of the walks at our Dinefwr Visitor Information Centre and we then begin the walk just outside the centre. Visitors are welcome to contact me either via email on or they can call me on 01558 824512. The walk is included in our normal admission prices for the park which is £6.50 per adult or free if you are a National Trust member.

    Many Thanks,
    Sarah Jones
    Ranger at Dinefwr


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