The first stage of Coronation Meadows will launch at Highgrove House, The Prince’s home in Gloucestershire, today - Wednesday 5 June - with the announcement of the first 60 flagship meadows. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Red Hill nature reserve will be announced as Lincolnshire's Coronation Meadow.
Coronation Meadows are outstanding examples of flower-rich grasslands, surviving fragments that support our wildlife and which are often the result of years of careful management by generations of one family. Many have an annual hay cut and are grazed by hardy, native breeds of livestock. Coronation Meadows reflect the local character of the landscape; Martins’ Meadow in Suffolk has green-winged orchids and meadow saffron, whilst Cae Blaen-dyffryn in Carmarthenshire has whorled caraway and thousands of lesser butterfly-orchids.