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Meadow Making Workshop

June 14 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


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Left uncut until July, the native Dorset meadows edging the gardens at Forde Abbey are flecked with Common Spotted, Southern Marsh and Green Winged orchids, Sweet Vernal, Crested Dogstail and Meadow Foxtails, a haven for butterflies and bees. Extending the footprint is something Joshua Sparkes, our head gardener, is keen to do as the flowers and grass will support a myriad of insects from bees and beetles to grasshoppers and butterflies, which in turn support many small animals and birds. It’s an English rainforest of sorts, a bio diverse habitat of buzzing and chirping peppered with colour and movement.

Keen to share all that he has learnt in how to create and maintain meadows, Joshua Sparkes will be leading a workshop in meadow making on the 14th June.

A day at the workshop will involve:

  • Coffee and Tea on arrival
  • 10am  – A talk by Joshua Sparkes on meadow management, looking at different examples of meadows around the world and how we can incorporate them in our gardens and landscapes.
  • 12pm – Lunch, with  a seasonal selection of vegetables freshly harvested from the kitchen garden. Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.
  • 1pm – A tour of the gardens with ideas and inspiration on how to practically create and manage your own meadow using both traditional and modern practices to establish wild flowers, including scything and hay ricks.
  • 3.30pm – Coffee and tea with a final q and a session with Joshua, and the chance to look around the nursery.


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June 14
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
01460 220231


Forde Abbey
01460 220231