Unimproved grasslands are a disappearing feature of the British landscape. More than half a century of intensive farming has resulted in the loss of at least 95% of such areas. The loss of such habitats has resulted in an overall decline of native plants, insects and other animals.
Glebe Meadow is a four-acre field of unimproved grassland owned by the Parish Council. It has never been intensively farmed and after centuries of traditional management still contains a distinctive flora and fauna. As such it represents a valuable addition to the remaining 1% of this grassland type still existing in Cheshire.
The restoration and management of Glebe Meadow will involve the production of a crop of hay that will be cut in late summer, by which time the flowering plants in the meadow will have set seed. From time to time grazing animals will be introduced. They will play a vital role in limiting competitive plants such as nettles, thistles and docks. This will allow a variety of other species to flourish. In time, Glebe Meadow will become a wildlife haven and summer will see colourful wildflowers, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, swallows, house martins and many other creatures returning to the heart of the village.
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