High Hirst Woodmeadow
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High Hirst Woodmeadow
High Hirst Woodmeadow Project was commenced in 2021 so it's in early stages! It is approximately 4 acres and adjoins High Hirst Allotments. In 2014 approx 1.5 acres was planted with native trees. Following a Botanical Site Survey in Autumn 2021 we now know the meadow is an important grassland habitat. There is also a community orchard with 80 heritage fruit trees, over 850 new hedgerow plants and a willow coppice for harvesting willow to make revetments to help 'slow the flow' along waterways. Historically the site was a hay meadow and we aim to being it back to the 'Field of Flowers' it was once with sheep grazing and scything. We welcome visitors. There is no parking but we are only a short (if steep!) walk from Hebden Bridge.
Location
High Hirst Woodmeadow
High Hirst Woodmeadow
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 8DS
United Kingdom
Grid Ref: SD 99769 27440
Longitude: -2.00495
Latitude: 53.74336
What 3 Words: albatross.grudge.preoccupied
Contact Information
Managed by: Hebden Royd Town Council
Phone: 01422 842181
Email: info@hebdenroyd.org.uk
Website: www.hebdenroydtowncouncil.gov.uk
Key Information
Opening Times:
N/A
Parking:

None, please come by 'active travel'! We are only a short (if steep walk) from Hebden Bridge which is well connected with bus and train services.

Information for Dog Owners:

All dogs on short leads only.

Please not that this Woodmeadow has grazing animals (Sheep).
Accessibility Details:

Sorry, a steep and uneven site with no seating presently. We are hoping to improve accessibility at the top of the site this year.

Toilets:

No

Other Amenities:

None though close to Hebden Bridge which has lots of cafes etc.

Management Summary
Woodmeadow Manager:
Hebden Royd Town Council
Management Summary:

Historically this site was an upland hay meadow so we want to replicate as much as possible the farming practices that created it in the first place.

Following expert advice and the Botanical Site Survey last year we are sheep grazing in Spring and late summer / Autumn and planning to start scything this year. The fruit trees have been individually protected from sheep and deer.

We successfully bid for the National Lottery Community Fund and were recently awarded £7,200 for the project development. This money will help us develop accessibility, interpretation boards and a pond area as well as hosting scything and hay making courses in August 2022. We also look forward to hosting National Meadow day events on July 2nd 2022.

Going forward we plan to see how the meadow develops naturally with the grazing and scything management plan and then review if it would be beneficial for the meadow biodiversity to introduce any other plants. We hope that the site will help us increase biodiversity in Hebden Royd area, support the enjoyment and well being of the local residents, be a source of abundant free fruit, act as an 'outdoor classroom' for young and adult learners and contribute towards reducing flood risk in the area.

Further Management Information:

For more information contact our Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Coordinator, Jon Kewards: jon.kedwards@hebdenroydtowncouncil.gov.uk