When I Was A Lad

Standing looking out over the wildflower meadow at Sun Rising, when someone says to me, “I’ve not seen a sight like that since I was a lad” or ” … a girl”, I know we’re doing something right.

As the cowslips reach their best – and there are more of them every year – it’s an expression I often hear, and it warms my heart as much as it does the person who says it.  They are usually somewhere over 70, and what they recall is an England before the war, before every scrap of land was ploughed for food and sprayed with chemicals.  We have lost so much of our native wildflower meadow, blinkered attitudes prioritising food production over the health of land and its inhabitants.  Conserving what is left of our ancient meadows is one important task, but creating new meadows of wildflowers is as crucial.

Cowslips near the Roundhouse

Cowslips near the Roundhouse

I’m looking forward to seeing our much larger new area of meadow in a few years’ time.  It’s still bare seeded soil now, but in the seed mix there are cowslips, and when they establish they will be even more brilliant than these.

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3 Responses to When I Was A Lad

  1. Wendy Woodward says:

    It is truly beautiful up at Sunrising, and as you say, the cowslips are amazing. So lovely to see them growing naturally again.

    We are looking forward to the wild flower meadow flowering. You have worked so hard on it. There is always something different flowering each time we visit.

  2. Joyce Uray says:

    Beautiful as always. A wonderfull sight that emanates the serenity of this amazing place Joyce Uray xx

  3. patricia evans says:

    A wonderful sight indeed.I’m hoping to visit with my granddaughter and great grandchildren between the 18th and 20th of May when they are over here from Germany.My granddaughter hasn’t visited since the day of my husbands funeral,so will notice the difference.

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