Celandine and Alice harrowing a wild flower meadow (Working Horse Trust)

Visitors will be able to discover Wakehurst’s beautiful wildflower meadows and enjoy a range of special events taking place during June, July and August, at the 500 acre country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Step back in time and see magnificent heavy horses chain harrowing Bloomers Valley meadows (image attached); enjoy a glass of local cider watching experts keep traditional skills alive in a Scything and Cider weekend; see how hay was traditionally harvested in a Bringing in the Hay weekend; and see barn owls, hawks, falcons and other birds of prey at close range and learn why meadows and pastures are so important to their survival. (See dates below)

The meadows of Wakehurst’s Bloomers Valley will provide the backdrop to many of the special events.

These have been created in the past few years by sowing locally harvested wildflower seed and planting thousands of wildflower plant plugs, to create a quintessential English meadow teeming with wildlife.

Throughout the summer visitors can follow a wild flower trail around the meadows, spotting highlights such as oxeye daisy and dyer’s greenweed and visit an exhibition to learn more about them.

Magic Meadows Summer Festival Events:

Birds of Prey 28th - 29th June, 19th & 20th July, 24th August -  Displays by Alfriston Falconry.

Scything and Cider Festival 19th - 20th July  - Discover why scything today is undergoing a renaissance by watching the experts compete in the first Wakehurst Regional Scythe Championship  and enjoy a glass or two of local cider as you watch the competition.

Bringing in the Hay 9th & 10th August - See how hay is made at Wakehurst and learn why haymaking is such a vital process to managing flower-rich meadows.

Working Horse Trust 24th - 25th August -  See the horses up close and speak to the handlers to learn how working horses still have an important role to play in the  conservation of our woodlands and meadows.

Entry to all events is included in admission to Wakehurst, accompanied under 17s are admitted free.

Further information: www.kew.org