For hundreds of years, floodplain meadows have been an integral part of Britain’s natural landscape. At one time they were a cherished resource, managed and shared by the community, today they are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and provide beautiful places to walk and explore nature. Sadly, during the 20th century Britain lost 97% of its flower-rich meadows and now the total land area of floodplain meadow remaining is the size of London’s smallest Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Our Solution – The Floodplain Meadows Partnership
In 2006, the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, led by academics from The Open University, began a ground-breaking project to conserve, restore and protect Britain's floodplain meadows. In the intervening years they have made a great deal of progress and the Partnership is now widely recognised as a leading conservation initiative.
The Partnership undertakes a wide range of activities across the UK, seeking to demonstrate the value of functioning meadows, increase public appreciation of them and advocate for their restoration as a tool in tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
These habitats are valued for their ability to store and cleanse flood waters, store carbon and trap nutrients and sediments. Without the correct management they cannot deliver their benefits to society and their complex, fragile ecological systems are under threat. More work is needed to stop these precious habitats from being lost.
How your support can make a difference
With your support the Floodplain Meadows Partnership can continue their work and ensure that these unique habitats are retained and managed to make the most of their potential. The specific expertise that the team possess is critical to preserving the meadows and the hundreds of species that live and flourish within them.
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership is kindly supported by:
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The John Ellerman Foundation
The Halpin Trust
Mrs Judith Purssell
Mrs Rachael Webb
Banister Charitable Trust
HDH Wills Charitable Trust
Mr and Mrs J A Pye's Charitable Settlement
William Dean Countryside and Educational Trust