Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership volunteers spent a day in the hay meadow mowing some of the areas that couldn’t be reached by tractor in the autumn, and raking up all the cuttings. The hope is that this will encourage flowering of the snake’s head fritillaries that were planted there three years ago. A wide range of seeds was then scattered on the fairly bare ground; this included trefoils, clovers, yellow rattle, wild carrot, fleabane, field scabious and even some common spotted orchid “dust”. We would like to see the meadow becoming more diverse and colourful in the coming years, so further sowing will be carried out in future.