Our Shire Horses are making a rare appearance in central London this week to assist with the annual meadow maintenance in Hyde Park.
They will be undertaking a harrow of the long grasses in the meadow using traditional mechanisms, e.g. harrow, cutter or flatbed dray, raking out the thatch and breaking up clumps of grass. This helps encourage new growth of meadow flowers such as Wild carrot (Daucus carota), Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
The Hyde Park Meadow is an important habitat for wildlife and home to many species including the meadow brown and small blue butterflies, field mice, kestrels, grasshoppers and crickets.