Our biggest hay meadow restoration project in the area is a 30 acre meadow restoration scheme at Racy Ghyll Farm, Matterdale. 6,500 wildflower plug plants have been planted across 7 meadows, with the reintroduction of iconic meadow species including Wood Cranesbill, Great Burnet, Lady’s Mantle, Globeflower, Water Avens and Devil’s Bit Scabious. These species were once far more commonly found in meadows in the area than they are today, and their reintroduction here will benefit the local ecosystem by increasing food sources for pollinators, such as Bees and Hoverflies. This then has a beneficial effect higher up the food chain, particularly for our birds and mammals. The hope is the species will be able to spread to other meadows, roadside verges and pastures.