Priory Meadow, located on the east side of the larger Priory Park, includes the town leat and covers 5.6 acres of the park. The site was converted to a wild hay meadow in 2009 with the hope of encouraging native wild flowers. An oasis of calm in the middle of the town, Priory Meadow provides an amazing sanctuary for wildlife and contains precious habitat for some of our declining insect species. It is anticipated that over time, and with the correct management, the diversity of this site will continue to increase.
Keep your eyes out for wildflowers such as Southern Marsh Orchid and Lady’s Smock (Cuckoo Flower) and different species of “wax cap” fungi such as Pink or Ballerina wax cap. This type of fungi only grows on soils that have not been treated with fertilizers and, as these species are becoming increasingly endangered through habitat loss, it’s very positive that we have these growing in the middle of the town along with the many butterfly and bee species that this area also supports.
The meadow is a beautiful place to go for a walk and is very popular with dog walkers. PLEASE do remember to pick up after your pet and use one of the bins provided.