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 raise a further £58k so we can continue this vital work. This money will enable us to:

  • Restore and enhance 60 hectares of vulnerable meadow habitat
  • Monitor bumblebee species at sites across the Yorkshire Dales 
  • Help farmers to access financial support and generate income
  • Give 250 school children the chance to see and learn about hay meadows every year
  • Raise awareness through more than 100 meadow-themed public events and activities every year

Give a Living Bouquet

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