Friends of Bartonsham Meadows is a grass-roots group supporting environmental and socially beneficial land-use practices at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford. The group has emerged in response to recent poor local land management practices, regional flooding, and global climate change. The purpose of the group is to support a transition to ecologically and socially beneficial land-use practices. The group endeavours to engage a conversation between city residents, landowners, land-managers, wildlife experts, the Church Commissioners, the Church, and other stakeholders.
The primary objectives of Friends of Bartonsham Meadows are to promote environmental and social welfare benefits through the restoration of these historically important flood-plain meadows to environmentally sustainable management.
These are historic meadows, ditch-fed by the Wye since medieval times, and sisters to the equally historic Bishop’s Meadow, gifted to the Corporation of Hereford by the Bishop in 1937. Recent research reveals significant pre-modern features at Bartonsham, the name deriving from the medieval berton, the king’s ‘barley-farm’ and ham or meadow attached. Separated from the arable ‘Portfields’ by the Row Ditch, which is a scheduled ancient monument, these much-loved water meadows have served as Hereford’s Anglo-Saxon ‘moot’, the municipality’s first ‘bathing station’ and once served as an airstrip for ace pilot Ben Hucks.
The Bartonsham History Group (https://www.bartonshamhistory.org.uk/history-of-the-meadows.html) have produced a history of the meadows – a pdf version is available here https://www.bartonshamhistory.org.uk/uploads/2/0/9/4/20946882/historybartonshammeadows.pdf.
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Donate to support our activities. Make cheques payable to St. James’ and Bartonsham Community Association, noting ‘Friends of Bartonsham Meadows’ on the back. Please post to 19 Nelson Street, Hereford HR1 2NZ.
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The Friends of Bartonsham Meadows are proud to work with partner organisations to share expertise and broaden support for our objectives. We value diverse perspectives and actively seek to engage with communities of interest across Herefordshire, the region, and more broadly. Please get in touch to be involved in this process.