Hay meadow Story

Cumbria's valleys would have once contained many flower-rich hay meadows, grown to produce winter feed for sheep and cattle. Sadly, upland hay meadows have suffered a catastrophic decline since the Second World War.

In the Lake District, many meadows were ploughed up during the war so that more food could be grown for the country. The intensification of agricultural practices after the war - such as ploughing, the introduction of artificial fertilizers, the re-seeding of meadows with commercial grasses and silage making - converted most meadows and pastures to more productive 'improved' grasslands.