Project summary


Glorious Grasslands seeks to protect and restore an important but often neglected aspect of the South West Peak. While these fascinating natural features might be overlooked as part of the background they are in fact an irreplaceable part of the complex natural systems that allow many different species of plants and animals to thrive. Grasslands also allow farm businesses to thrive by providing food for livestock and improving drought resistance.

This project will focus on 3 key areas in the South West Peak, which is a hot spot for the remaining concentrations of grasslands in the country. These areas are already species-rich and as such they are excellent candidates for strengthening and expanding grasslands that are at risk nationally.

Glorious Grasslands seeks to protect and restore an important but often neglected aspect of the South West Peak. While these fascinating natural features might be overlooked as part of the background they are in fact an irreplaceable part of the complex natural systems that allow many different species of plants and animals to thrive. Grasslands also allow farm businesses to thrive by providing food for livestock and improving drought resistance.

This project will focus on 3 key areas in the South West Peak, which is a hot spot for the remaining concentrations of grasslands in the country. These areas are already species-rich and as such they are excellent candidates for strengthening and expanding grasslands that are at risk nationally.

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About grasslands and meadows

  • A critical part of the South West Peak region.
  • Support many important pollinators such as birds, butterflies and bees.
  • Help prevent and control flooding.
  • In serious decline across the UK.
  • Need your help to ensure they survive for future generations!

Become a Meadow Monitor!!

Do you love working outside and helping to preserve our precious natural resources? Then becoming a Meadow Monitor will be a walk in the park!

Meadow Monitors can...

  • Be trained by experts to undertake grassland surveys.
  • Work with local farmers and ‘adopt’ a farm to monitor.
  • Help spread the message and techniques of sustainable and ecologically friendly grassland management.

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Upcoming activities

Become a Meadow Monitor DATE CHANGED TO 28 MARCH

Wed 28 Mar 2018

Find out what it takes to become a 'Meadow Monitor'

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Hay Meadow

Introduction to Grasses, Sedges & Rushes (FULLY BOOKED)

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Workshop examining the structure and character of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes.

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Learn about the Glorious Grasslands of the South West Peak

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Who's working on this project?


Andrew Farmer

Andrew Farmer

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Ann Small

Ann Cantrell

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Our partners


  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust
  • Natural England
  • Peak District National Park Authority