Hay Time Appeal

97% of meadows have been lost in the UK in the last 50 years. Help us save them.


Precious and complex hay meadow habitats are teeming with up to 120 species of wild flowers and grasses per field. They are home to many rare species of wildflowers and plants, vitally important for bumblebees and other pollinators and a haven for insects, animals and birds. 

The Yorkshire Dales contain about a sixth of the UK’s remaining upland hay meadows one of the scarcest and most threatened habitats in Europe. If we don’t act now these wildflower strewn icons will continue to decline, their rich rural and cultural heritage forgotten. Our children may never know what a hay meadow looks like.

By acting now we can save our vanishing hay meadows

Over the last six years YDMT’s pioneering Hay Time project has helped to restore 400 hectares of hay meadow – that’s equivalent to 399 football pitches! 

We need your help now to help us continue this vital work:

  • Restore and enhance vulnerable meadow habitat
  • Monitor bumblebee species at sites across the Yorkshire Dales 
  • Help farmers to access financial support and generate income
  • Give school children the chance to see and learn about hay meadows
  • Raise awareness through public meadow-themed events and activities every year

Give a Living Bouquet

You can now support the Hay Time project by dedicating a beautiful piece of wildflower meadow in the Dales with a Living Bouquet.