A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 4 June 2011

Hay Meadows

Most grass is cut earlier for silage but those left for hay give an impressive range of wild flower and grass species as they have time to set seed before cutting. They remind us of our childhood when hay was almost universally grown for feeding livestock, and made into small hay bales. Traditionally hay meadows were small, enclosed by walls or hedges and contained a mix of different types of grasses so that they were as nutritious as possible rather than the perennial rye-grass of intensive grassland.

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