At the end of 2012, HRH The Prince of Wales suggested a remarkable nationwide project – a meadow in every county across the UK to mark the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. The first stage of Coronation Meadows launched at Highgrove House, The Prince’s home in Gloucestershire, on Wednesday 5th June, with the announcement of the first 60 flagship meadows.
After over 20 years of careful husbandry by Somerset Wildlife Trust, Chancellor’s Farm, has been recognised as the Somerset Coronation Meadow. It is owned by the Wessex Reserves Forces and Cadet Association and is at the centre of the Mendip Hills AONB.
Some 180 species of flowering plant occur in the meadow with fragrant orchid, meadow saffron and betony amongst the most unusual and abundant. Barn owls, greater horseshoe bats, adders, spotted flycatcher, dark green fritillary and chimney sweeper moth are just some of the species that flourish in this 34 acre wildlife haven.