The cutting of the wildflower meadow is always a marking point of the turning tides of the year. There are of course, almost certainly, warm and tranquil days ahead, September offering golden evenings and lazy moments in the sunshine, but the summer has become harvest and is now clearly moving towards autumn.
At Sun Rising, the long golden grasses and seedheads of the wildflower meadow are now mostly cut. The woodland burial areas and plantations of young trees are tidied and the saplings mulched. The meadow is now cut and, where a month ago there was the floriferous profusion of summer colours there is short grass and stubble. It’ll green up again over the coming month, but stay short now until next spring.
We’d like to thank all the lovely volunteers who came on Sunday to help out with the raking. We’d like to thank Michael Gibbs who came with his marvellous 1969 Ford tractor to cut the meadow and bale it. We’d like to thank Colin Locke for lending us his trailer. 20 bales of delicious (apparently) wildflower hay was delivered to Redwings Horse Sanctuary yesterday, which it is a pleasure to support.