Friday, May 12, 2006

Ancient meadows

I was lucky enough yesterday to be able to walk part of a farm at Salehurst where there are still some ancient, unploughed meadows which give an idea of what many fields must have been like 100 years and more ago. The herb-rich turf was studded with daisies, buttercups and, best of all, green-winged orchids, Orchis morio (see above). These are permanent pastures and the cows seemed to be enjoying their colourful fields as much as I was.

This delightful orchid is now scarce in our area but we still have them in our churchyard in Sedlescombe (TQ777189) and there is usually a magnicent display towards the further end of Battle cemetery (TQ754159)

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