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Flooding in the Vale of York, past and present

On page 43 of “Archaeology and Landscape in the Vale of York” by Mark Whyman and Andy J Howard, published by York Archaeological Trust in 2005 it is stated that “current understanding suggests that the intensity and severity of flooding may … Continue reading

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Help secure protection for York’s floodplain meadows

Clifton Ings and Rawcliffe Meadows are traditionally-managed, wildflower-rich hay meadows on the floodplain of the River Ouse on the northern outskirts of York. These are nationally-important areas of meadow foxtail – great burnet grassland but, incredibly, lack any legal protection. … Continue reading

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The Ings at their best!

Between the cutting of the hay and the first spring flowers, floodplain meadows can look like ordinary grass fields. But visit the riverside Ings now and you will see a spectacular display of wildflowers. Just now, sheets of golden buttercups, … Continue reading

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New Meadow News

The New Meadow is a small field at the northern end of Rawcliffe Meadows. Visitors will have noticed that one of the boundary hedges has now been laid: this centuries-old management technique looks drastic but encourages vigorous new growth from … Continue reading

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