Nature site’s Royal seal of approval

Basic RGBA NATURE site next to Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness has gained the Royal seal of approval.

Bo’mains Meadow, to the south of Crawfield Road in Bo’ness, has been named a “Coronation Meadow” – one of 60 sites across the UK named in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation 60 years ago.

The idea of giving special status to meadows came from HRH Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales said: “My Coronation Meadows idea came to me when I read Plantlife’s 2012 report and fully appreciated just how many wildflower meadows had been lost over the past 60 years. This year, we are celebrating my mother’s coronation so surely there is no better moment to end this destruction and to stimulate a new mood to protect our remaining meadows and to use them as springboards for the restoration of other sites and the creation of new meadows right across the UK.”

Victoria Chester, the chief executive of the charity Plantlife (the charity behind the initiative), said: “His Royal Highness has given us a challenge to conserve species and yet to maintain their essential wildness. In an age where we too often turn to the quick-fix of commercial ‘nectar mixes’, Coronation Meadows is both a celebration and a pledge to our children and grandchildren, using the floral riches of the past to create meadow gems for the future.”