The Great Horseshoe Meadow Planting Party at RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Darren Johnson

Tuesday 3 September 2019

In Celebration of the ‘Year of Green Action’ in Yorkshire, the staff and volunteers at RSPB Blacktoft Sands nature reserve near Goole are calling on the public to help plant over 800 meadow flowers in their Horseshoe Meadow, to benefit threatened wildlife.  

Darren Johnson, Community Engagement Officer at RSPB Blacktoft Sands said: “Meadows are a vital part of our heritage, culture and landscape, but sadly 97% of them have been lost in the UK in the last 50 years. We would love as many people as possible to help us buck this trend by supporting with planting wildflowers in our Horseshoe Meadow. This exciting event will make the meadow at Blacktoft Sands an even better place for the rich diversity of wildlife that makes its home here – from beetles, bees and spiders, to fungi, reptiles, birds and small mammals.”

The event, on Saturday 14 September is a drop-in so visitors can spend as much or as little time planting as they like. There’s no need to book, just roll up between 10am-1pm. Refreshments are provided and entry to the reserve is free for the day (normally £5 for non-members, members usually free).

Darren added: “Some gloves and trowels will be available but please bring your own if you have them. It is also a great chance to get your hands dirty so wear boots or wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing. The event is suitable for all ages and we’ll help you discover more about meadows - why it is important to protect and enhance these vital habitats and top tips on what to grow to promote wildlife in your own gardens, schools and local green spaces.”

The event is Supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council through the East Riding Year of Green Action Community Fund.

For more information email or call 01405 704665. For full details on the wildlife and other events at the reserve visit

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