About Us

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We are a small and friendly organisation.  The group was formed in Spring 2003, following the example of our neighbouring conservation group across the Wye, the Parish Grasslands Project in Gloucestershire.  Within 18 months we had more than 60 members with a total of 300 acres of grassland sites ranging from small garden mini-meadows to sites well over 30 acres.

We gained Charitable Status and we now have more than 200 members with grassland scattered over Monmouthshire.

Many members wish to restore flowering hay meadows, or create wild areas in their gardens.  We survey each member’s site and give individual botanical training and advice on how to manage their 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.

Since we were formed we have been received funding and support from a variety of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Countryside Commission for Wales (now part of Natural Resources Wales),  the Welsh Grazing Project, PONT, who helped us with management costs of our two Exmoor Ponies, Keep Wales Tidy and the Sustainable Development Fund, a Natural Resources Wales initiative in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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

Our Committee

  • 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

Our Objects

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.

Download a full copy of our constitution (pdf)

For more information contact our committee or our Secretary or Membership Secretary:

Secretary

Sheelagh Kerry, Ty Major, Forest Coal Pit, Abergavenny NP7 7LH

Telephone 01873 890598   Email smk@smithecology.co.uk

Membership Secretary

Marilyn Dunkelman, The Beeches, The Narth, Monmouth NP25 4QL

Telephone 01600 860031  Email marilyn@monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk