Thursday 07 October 19:30 – 20:30

The Theatre

adult

talk

£15.00 each

The Coronation Meadows project sets out, through the creation of new wildflower meadows, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation. Famed for his portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and the Dalai Lama, photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas turns his camera to the land and has captured the extraordinary results of this important conservation project in Wildflowers for The Queen. He discusses his work and the future for our vulnerable wild flowers, he will be joined by legendary landscape designer, Miranda Brooks.

This event will be chaired by Caroline Sanderson.

The Wildflowers for The Queen project is currently exhibiting at the Garden Museum in London, until 17 October Details here: https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/hugo-rittson-thomas-wildflowers-for-the-queen

Chimney Meadows in Bampton is our nearest Coronation Meadow, set in an ancient landscape, created by the Thames and shaped by centuries of farming, it is hard to believe that Chimney Meadows was intensely cultivated farmland little over a decade ago. Fields once planted with wheat and barley are now colourful, species-rich wild-flower meadows. Once heavily grazed pastures are now nationally-important wetlands and home to declining wading birds such as curlew, which breed here. https://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/chimney-meadow