We are a small and friendly organisation. The group was formed in Spring 2003, and within 18 months we had more than 60 members with a total of 300 acres of grassland sites ranging from less than a quarter of an acre to well over 30 acres. Many members wish to restore flowering hay meadows, or create wild areas in their gardens.
We have Charitable Status and we now have more than 150 members with grassland scattered over Monmouthshire.
We survey each member’s site and give individual botanical training and advice on how to manage the land.
We work closely with other conservation agencies such as Natural Resources Wales. the Wye Valley AONB, by whom we have been grant assisted, and Plantlife Cymru. We also liaise closely with Gwent Wildlife Trust who have a representative on our committee.
Together with our neighbouring conservation group across the Wye, The Parish Grasslands Group in Gloucestershire, we were awarded Heritage Lottery funding for the purchase of a tractor and peripheral equipment to help us with this work. More recently CCW has given us grant aid for the purchase of a Trackmaster (allen scythe) and our own hay-making equipment. The Welsh Grazing Project PONT has helped us with management costs of our two Exmoor Ponies, and is helpful in providing extra ponies to graze members’ fields in the winter months. Environment Wales has also helped fund travel costs for surveys and the preparation of a report on the flora of members’ fields.
In 2016 we purchased our own meadows at Kingcoed near Raglan, thanks to generous grants from Biffa Award and other funders, as well as many donations from our members and supporters. We now manage three grassland areas as reserves: Kingcoed meadows, Ida’s Meadow in Maryland (kindly donated to the group by the estate of Ida Dunn, a great meadows enthusiast and friend of our group), and Trellech Wet Meadow which we manage jointly with Gwent Wildlife Trust.
We have produced several advice leaflets and publications, of which the most recent is our book Grassland Fungi: A Field Guide
- President – Trevor Evans
- Chair – Stephanie Tyler
- Secretary – Sheelagh Kerry
- Deputy Chair – Rachel Morgan
- Treasurer – David Llewellyn
- Membership Secretary/Editor – Marilyn Dunkelman
- Press Officer – Clare Adamson
- Trellech Wet Meadow – Dick Coates
- Exmoor ponies – Stephanie Poulter
- Cecilia Davies
- Sarah Cheese
- Judith Carruthers
- Pam Manfield
- Gwent Wildlife Trust representative – Neville Hart
Monmouthshire Meadows Group is a registered charity, number 1111345. We are funded by grants, donations, membership fees and fund raising activities organised by our members.
Our charitable objects are:
To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of hay meadows, grass lands and unimproved pastures in the Wye Valley and elsewhere in Monmouthshire so as to conserve and restore the diversity of plant and animal species native to the environment, in particular but not exclusively, by facilitating and promoting the management of these lands consistent with that purpose.
For more information contact our committee or our Secretary or Membership Secretary:
Sheelagh Kerry, Ty Major, Forest Coal Pit, Abergavenny NP7 7LH
Telephone 01873 890598 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Dunkelman, The Beeches, The Narth, Monmouth NP25 4QL
Telephone 01600 860031 Email email@example.com