Cottesmore Park

 

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This is a small but delightful parkland meadow aside the drive to a listed building near Haverfordwest. It demonstrates that meadows which are mown and not grazed can be every bit as rich with appropriate care. Many wildflowers and grasses jostle for space here – quaking oat grass, downy oat grass, bugle, ox-eye daisy and southern marsh orchid are particularly characteristic. A few cowslips and green-winged orchids appear each spring. The limited amount of seed from here would suit a meadow restoration project on damp or dry neutral soils which is already well underway but lacking the species mentioned.