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Sixty Coronation Meadows have been identified across the UK as part of a campaign to restore threatened wildflowers.

The project, led by the Prince of Wales and three wildlife and livestock organisations, will take seed and green hay from these designated meadows to recreate new ones.

The campaign, launched to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, follows reports of dramatic declines in many of the UK's meadow flower species.

Meadows already given the 'Coronation' accolade range widely in size and age, Loughborough Big Meadow in Leicestershire is the oldest of the group, dating back to 1762 and can be visited on a Canal Boat Holiday from Union Wharf.

Therfield Heath in Hertfordshire covers more than 400 acres and the tiny Hayton Meadow in Shropshire is confined to less than one acre.

By the end of the year, using a online map, Canal Boat Holiday guests will be able to find out beforehand if there is a Coronation meadow nearby.

Man-made wildflower meadows have existed in Britain for thousands of years and are managed using traditional farming methods such as seasonal grazing and hay-making.

The Coronation meadows will be used as donor sites, providing seeds to be used in other local meadows.

The Wildlife Trusts says this method will help preserve the regional characteristics of each meadow, as different areas tend to host different mixes of plant and flower species and cannot be reproduced with generic wildflower seed.


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