Meadow Flowers at Hever Castle
A new venture, started last year, to bring a colourful landscape of meadow flowers to the grounds of Hever Castle is going from strength to strength.
The meadows, which differ from wildflower meadows, were first planted in 2018, and cover an area of 4,500 square metres on Lake Walk (in the Castle grounds) and Hever Castle Golf Course.
They take their inspiration from wildflower meadows in the first instance, but they are ‘planned’ in the sense that seed is sown and mixes are chosen to provide colour for longer.
The project at Hever has been led by Head Greenkeeper at neighbouring Hever Castle Golf Course, Rob Peers.
The different meadow sites, dotted along the banks of the lake, are improving bio-diversity and functionality in areas which had previously been dominated by aggressive species such as bramble and nettle. The flowers are also attracting bees and butterflies.
The meadows change and move through the colour palette as the sun moves through its height in June to the misty days of October.
A ‘Rainbow Mix’ has been used beside the Lake this year and includes fourteen species such as Marigolds, Cornflower, Flax and Poppies.
The Anne of Cleves Bower House, has been painted with the ‘Rainbow Mix’ of flowers externally, while a more subtle mix has been used for the inside of the structure.
Visitors can create their own flower meadows by purchasing a kit from the Hever Shop.
Find out more about Hever Castle here.
Images courtesy Hever Castle