Focus On…… Friends of Bartonsham Meadows

Focus on… is an occasional series of articles looking at HGN member groups and the work that they do. This Focus on… features a newly formed group within the city of Hereford.

Friends of Bartonsham Meadows formed in early 2020 in response to recent local land management practices, regional flooding, and the global climate crisis. Our vision is to transform this small, suburban, riverside farm from intensive agriculture to outstanding natural habitat delivering a broad range of social and environmental public goods. Bartonsham Meadows are a ten minute walk from the centre of Hereford and share a loop of the Wye with the sewage works.

Our focus centres on biodiversity and regenerative land-management practices to deliver benefits such as

  • Flood mitigation
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity
  • Improved river water quality
  • Leisure and quality of life
  • Sustainable agriculture and food production

Photo: Litter Pick Finds (Credit: Sally Stone)

In our first year we have taken our message to the land-owners (the Church Commissioners), and managers, the Church, local and national government, key environmental experts and stakeholders, and of course local people. We are supporting negotiations to secure a tenancy for a regenerative grazier and continuing to make the case for a long-term solution alongside Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

We need your help! Please get in touch if you would like to support our efforts. We particularly need people to act as treasurer or secretary and would be grateful to hear from you.

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