Plants are just as deeply affected by climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution. With all of the animals now on the endangered species list and extremely prone to total extinction over time, it is easy to forget that plants are likewise affected by destructive human activities.
Forests and jungles are typically the favourite of conservationists when it comes to preserving habitats but many forget that grasslands and meadows need to be protected as well.
Wild flowers are particularly affected by these changes and many are quickly disappearing. However, not everyone is forgetting to protect these precious animals.
In Cumbria, a whole meadow of wild flowers are thriving thanks to the efforts of special volunteers. The volunteers are headed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and they focused all their efforts on restoring Row Foot’s hay meadows.
The soil at Row Foot, Ravenstonedale has recently tested for low fertility. The low fertility in the soil made it unsuitable for the local flora to grow. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust volunteers however, took it upon themselves to save these precious habitats by restoring it to its former glory.
They started by harrowing the grounds which would prevent the dominance of grasses and help the proliferation of local wild flowers instead. To help the grounds become more fertile, they used natural fertilizers in the form of green hay and meadow grasses. They then planted around 4,000 wild flowers to grow in the soil.
Peter Hamilton and Maren White are the owners of the Row Foot meadow and thank the volunteers for their efforts. They now remark that the field looks “absolutely beautiful”.
The couple purchased the piece of land in order to create a better, more natural way of farming for themselves. They wanted to mimic the natural way of grazing their animals that was popular years ago before the invention of batteries and “factory farms”.
Hamilton says that “When we moved here we were looking for a bit of land and ideally we wanted to turn it into as close to a nature-friendly place as we could. After the restoration of this meadow is complete we will let animals in to graze to as closely mimic as possible the traditional way of farming. It’s coming along beautifully. We’re very happy here.”
The Row Foot Meadow is not the only piece of land that the Cumbria Wildlife Trust has restored over the years. In fact, they have restored over 100 hectares (250 acres) of land in the past six years. The Trust is supported purely by volunteers and they focus not only on the conservation of local animals, but also focus on preserving the habitats that they reside in.
Preserving habitats such as grasslands and meadows allow endangered species of plants to survive despite the wide spread destruction of nature. Thanks to like minded people like Peter Hamilton and Maren White, more and more private lands are being restored to their former glory with the help of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.