Making room for nature

An estimated 97% of England’s meadows as big as one and half times the size of Wales have been lost since the Second World War. Reports that one of Havant’s last remaining meadows in Langstone could be allocated to meeting the council’s housing targets adds weight to local as well as national concern.

Despite the word ‘meadow’ appearing throughout English literature and being featured in thousands of road names most of us would be hard put to find one even with the aid of a Global Positioning System (GPS). A meadow in high summer is full of wild flowers such as harebell, scabious and oxeye daisies, not to mention wild grasses, is one of the delights of nature.

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