Hay harvesting on Coldhams Common July 2014

The meadow for hay was cut on 1 July in preparation for the Folk Festival camping.

This is very early this year, and may have an adverse effect on invertebrates and summer wild flowers, that will not have had time to complete their life cycle. Hopefully some plants had sufficient time to set seed. The Triangle area still had a superb show of flowers and shows what the grazed common could look like if properly managed.

By 4 July the cut hay was being collected, and it looked like a good harvest though with 50 to 70 large round bales being removed.  This has could be worth between £30 and £70 per bale [~£1500 to £5000 value ], but apparently the hay is given away for free.  Could this be better managed ?

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