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.
In 2020 we converted to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
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 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
- President – Trevor Evans
- President – Stephanie Tyler
- Chair – Rachel Morgan
- Treasurer – David Llewellyn
- Minutes Secretary/Press Officer – Pam Manfield
- Membership Secretary/Editor – Marilyn Dunkelman
- Trellech Wet Meadow – Dick Coates
- Exmoor ponies – Stephanie Poulter
- Clare Adamson
- Judith Carruthers
- Clare Catto
- Sarah Cheese
- Gwent Wildlife Trust representative – Neville Hart
Monmouthshire Meadows Group is a registered charity, number 1192542. 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, grasslands 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 that environment, in particular but not exclusively, by facilitating and promoting the management of those lands consistent with that purpose.
For more information contact our committee online or one of these officers:
Rachel Morgan, St John’s, Glendower St, Monmouth NP25 3DG
Telephone 07896 218558 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn Dunkelman, The Beeches, The Narth, Monmouth NP25 4QL
Telephone 01600 860031 Email email@example.com