A HOST of events designed to get people exploring and appreciating the rare and valuable hay meadows in Bowland has been organised through the Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Bowland Hay Time Project Officer, Carol Edmondson, said: “With these events we want to give people the chance to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of wildflowers; whether that’s through experiencing a meadow at the height of the season, seeing traditional scything in action, getting creative with arts and crafts, or learning how to grow their own wildflower plants.”

The series of events begins on June 9 with a meadow inspiration walk at Gisburn Forest and continues throughout the summer, including National Meadows Day and the Northern Scythe Festival over the first weekend of July, plus a second meadow walk and BioBlitz at the Crook o’ Lune, Lancaster later that week.

A textile workshop, photography walk, plug plant event and online mini-meadow tutorial are also being planned as part of the programme, with information coming soon.

Details and booking information for Bowland Hay Time summer events will be available on the Festival Bowland calendar at Festival Bowland Events.

The Hay Time project is supported by the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.