• Hay-Day Walks

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    Discover more about Cumbria's upland hay meadows and the work being done to restore them on the Hay-Day walks.

    Hay-Day Walks

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    Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust conserve the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria for the future.

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Hay Meadow Memories

Hay Meadow Memories

Many of the valleys in Cumbria would have once contained flower-rich hay meadows, grown to produce winter feed for sheep and cattle. Sadly, hay meadows have suffered a catastrophic decline since the Second World War. Many meadows were ploughed up during the war to improve production and grow more food to feed the country. The intensification of agricultural practices after the war converted most flower-rich 'herb meadows' and pastures to more productive 'improved' grasslands.