Join the chair and ecologist of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows to hear about the history of the site, public engagement including with the Church Commissioners, and the benefits of floodplain meadows for ecology, flood alleviation and river health, and community activism.

Bartonsham Meadows is a near 100-acre site encircled by a meander of the River Wye a ten minute walk down-river from Hereford Cathedral. In Spring 2023 Bartonsham Meadows became the newest and largest nature reserve managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. The previously intensively managed farmland of Bartonsham Meadows was abandoned for four years. Under HWT management Bartonsham Meadows will be regenerated to species rich floodplain meadow delivering a wealth of environmental and social benefits. Bartonsham Meadows remain owned by the Church Commissioners for England and have a long history as Prebend estate associated with Hereford Cathedral. The Friends of Bartonsham Meadows have campaigned for four years on this project.

Ruth Westoby is chair and a founding member of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows. She has a background in public affairs and works as an academic in religious studies – including religion and ecology.

Anna Gundrey is consultant ecologist and a founding member of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows. She started her ecological career 25 years ago as a botanist at ADAS in Redesdale and has worked for Natural England as a Conservation Officer in Kent and Oxfordshire.

This is a Life & Learning event. This event will take place in College Hall and tickets, which cost £10 are available to purchase below.

If you are unable to purchase your ticket via the website, please email [email protected] or call 01432 374 225/6

Banner image: Bartonsham Meadow by Gareth Dart

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