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Kingsmead Meadow Project

Background
This is a joint project being carried out by Beautiful Battle with the invaluable support of Rother District Council (who own Kingsmead Meadow) and the High Weald Landscape Trust.The Meadow is situated at the top of Caldbec Hill by the windmill and has extensive views over the valley to Netherfield Hill. It has tremendous historical importance and was the site where Harold's armies gathered just before the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066.

Over the last 30 years, following the housing development in Bowman's Drive and Duke's Hill, the remnants of the old meadow have gradually deteriorated and many of the original floral species have become rare. This has also had an adverse impact on the number and species of butterflies that once inhabited the meadow. 
It is now proposed to restore the meadow by adopting a more appropriate maintenance regime and carry out a meadow enhancement programme using locally donated seed from the nearby meadow at Beech Farm Estate. 

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Meadow Mowing
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Meadow seed collection

Natural Areas
Beautiful Battle works closely with Battle Town Council and Rother District Council in supporting nature conservation. This involves creating and maintaining natural areas to encourage wild flowers and wildlife. Below are some of the key areas around Battle. They include country walks, meadows, churchyards, wildflower banks etc
 

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George Meadow situated behind the High Street adjacent to the Abbey car park

Protecting the Environment
Beautiful Battle promotes initiatives for the protection of the environment.  Wherever possible we use recycled material; rain water is widely collected in water buts strategically placed throughout the town.  A large tank is installed by the chapel in the cemetery – this water is then used for the summer watering programme in the High Street. 
     
 

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Lake Meadow A National Trust site at the top of Marley Lane and Upper Lake

Guild Shaw
Situated behind the High Street at the end of Western Avenue near the cricket ground.
  

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Guild Shaw

Mansers Shaw
Accessed via the footpath between the end of Saxonwood Road and Asten Fields      
 

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Manser Shaw

St Mary's Churchyard
Picture taken in Spring 2007
   
 

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St Mary's Churchyard

Battle Cemetery
Wild Orchids in the cemetery wildflower bed May 2007   
 

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Wild Orchids

A2100 Wildflower Bank
Bank of Springtime flowers near to the junction with Netherfield Road. It includes Primroses, Ajuga, Anemone, Ladies Mantle, Ox-eye daisies and Speedwell
 
 

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Wild Flower Bank

Protecting the Environment
Beautiful Battle promotes initiatives for the protection of the environment.  Wherever possible we use recycled material; rain water is widely collected in water buts strategically placed throughout the town.  A large tank is installed by the chapel in the cemetery – this water is then used for the summer watering programme in the High Street.