Many thanks to Suzie Fraser for providing the details below on her meadows:
1: How would you describe your meadow, e.g. stand alone, part of a smallholding, part of a farm, managed lawn?
Four fields, the grass element of our smallholding
2: How would you best describe your management of the meadow, and what are your priorities for the meadow e.g. commercial farm, hobby farmer/smallholder, purely managing the meadow on its own for its wildflowers/biodiversity?
Currently grass cut & removed once a year
Priority to develop wild flowers / biodiversity. Any small holder off springs would be a bonus.
3: Roughly how big is/are the meadow(s)?
4 meadows of approx. 2.5 acres = 10 acres
4: Roughly how high above sea level?
5: How long have you been managing the meadow for wild flowers?
About 5 years
6: Do you know when the meadow was last ploughed/reseeded?
Certainly not in the last 25 years
7: Do you know when the meadow last received fertiliser or farm yard manure?
Approx. 8 years ago
8: What do the field boundaries consist of, e.g. laid/regularly flailed hedges, banks with no hedges, fence only, mature hedges, mature trees?
Mostly mature hedge with individual mature trees
9: Is the meadow ever grazed by stock, and if so by what, and roughly when?
Not for 8 years.
10: Is the meadow regularly cut, or burned and if so, when? And is the material removed and used as hay or bedding, or left on the field?
Cut annually in August. Silage or hay removed
11: Has the meadow ever received any herbicide treatment, and if so, what, and when?
12: Have you ever imported or scattered any flower seed or hay from other sources in the meadow?
13: Is the meadow flat, or sloping, and is it hillside/valley bottom?
Sloping, valley bottom
14: Do you know roughly what the soil ph is?
Approx. 7.5 ph
15: Have you ever had a botanical survey carried on the meadow, and if not would you be interested in having this done?
Yes, by Anna Hobbs this summer
16: Would you be happy for your meadow, and the above data to feature in the Gallery section of the CMG website?
17: Would you be interested in help from a contractor in managing any aspect of meadow maintenance, and if so what help would be useful to you?
We are currently looking for a fencing contractor so we can winter graze the fields.
If you own or manage a meadow in Carmarthenshire which you would like to add to these gallery pages, please email Rachel Barber, the current website administrator, at
Thanks for reading.
Uploaded to the gallery in January 2016