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Monday 25 May '09
(from Grizedale Arts Blog)

We plough the fields and scatter

Ladina Fessler working on Lawson Park's meadow

This Bank Holiday sees us reinstating what was the lawn bit of the wlldflower meadow in front of Lawson Park -underneath this soil is the equivalent of a small house containing the water and drainage for the new hostel. Here's our jolly Swiss intern Ladina weeding....

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Tuesday 14 April '09
(from Grizedale Arts Blog)

Wildflower Survey

We've received a fascinating detailed examination of the beautiful 1 hectare meadow that Lawson Park overlooks, from the Cumbria Hay Meadows project. There are 30 native plant species present apparently, but its steepness makes it unsuited as a formal seed-donor site for others trying to establish native meadows unfortunately, as equipment struggles on the slopes.

It's all a far cry from the downright ignorant complaint we had about the meadow after last year's NGS charity open day: "There were no wildflowers to be seen". Clearly a blindfolded visitor.

Anyhow, the report recommends:

• Manage the whole parcel for its floristic and habitat interest, focussing on the species rich neutral grassland , tall herb vegetation and small parcel of oak woodland.
• Re-instate a cutting and preferably grazing regime over the area.
• Sow the area of disturbed ground below the building with a suitable seed mix and manage with the rest of the herb rich neutral grassland sward.

You can read more about the Cumbria Hay Meadows Project here. Email us if you'd like to receive a copy of the whole report or if indeed you'd like some hand-harvested seed this summer, to start your own meadow.

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Monday 18 June '07
(from Lawson Park Blog)

Narnia chez nous

Lawson Park Farm, May 2007

Google earth, eat your heart out!
This aerial photo of the farm and garden shows the formal Kitchen Garden to the far west (the ubiquitous mountain bikers can be spotted on the turning circle), ornamental gardens towards the house, and to the south the extensive wildflower meadow.

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Monday 11 June '07
(from Lawson Park Blog)

Mowing under the influence

Mowing the pathways in the wild-flower meadow last week, I plugged in my iPod to drown out the racket of the petrol-driven mower. During the majestic throes of 'Shot from both sides' by Magazine I began to get into my stride, when the mower halter violently. I bent down to unclog the blades and yanked out a handful of damp grass only to find a revoltingly dismembered - but still alive - toad.
Suggestions for other sounds to mow to?

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I only have a suggestion for sounds for pre-mowing.

We would offer farmers in the village to walk their meadows, banging pots, to get the young bambis moving, before they came in with their big mowers and diesel tractors. It was just too upsetting to see all those amputated bambis delivered to our doorstep, which had to be killed anyway.

Hm, it wouldn t have saved the toad though.

Otherwise I like the sound of grass mowers, get some with different gears and you can pretend to race a motorbike up and down the peaceful hills.

I m now going back to get the insert ready for the Folk Float for Egremont.......but strolling thorugh the lawson park farm blog is always too temting.

some mowtown?

How about something by Joe Strimmer?

Or a mash-up of Crazy Frog and Tin Machine?

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