Cleeve Water Meadow
Mend the Gap has supported Cleeve Water Meadow in Streatley with access improvements. This will support permissive access to this site and enable the site to be better managed. This area includes several acres of the special Lodden Lilly which is a red data book plant species found in wet places along the Thames Valley. The flowers, that come in the spring, look like large tall snow drops.
Cleeve Water Meadow is located alongside the River Thames on the edge of Streatley. The meadow has been in Higher Level Stewardship since 2010 with an agreed programme of mowing, scrub control and tree management. It is an area of species rich grassland which is regularly inundated by the river. The site includes high-value indicator species including Loddon lily, water mint, meadow rue, meadow sweet, flag iris and loosestrife.
Mend the Gap was approached for financial support to install a new bridge and manage the willow scrubs, allowing the meadow to be accessed easier to work to maintain it can take place.
The work has allowed the meadow to be accessed by machinery, so it can be managed correctly. The Lodden Lilies are also looking lovely!