The Hay & Shakespeare Meadows

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This page is dedicated to a great friend,

Ursula Bowen, who passed away on

Tuesday 28th April 2015

Ursula Bowen was a patron of the Willow Globe, attending every production while she lived in Nant Glas, and also a keen supporter of the organic farm which is home to Shakespeare Link and the Willow Globe.

From 2001 we hosted farm walks together, (occasional mobility problems required us to fit the tractor box with a comfortable armchair), and as we moved around the holding we and our visitors would engage in debate on how to manage a small farm economically but environmentally, for it was the environment and its protection which was her passion.

One of our major projects was the creation of a traditional Hay Meadow in the 'Periwinkle field' below the house; a field that had been subjected to 20-10-10 fertilizer for many years.  The main problem with this was the high level of nitrogen and other chemicals in the soil meaning we had to do whatever we could to reduce the fertility in order for the small meadow flowers, herbs and grasses to flourish.

Since then, Ursula conducted thorough surveys of the flora in the field and we have records that demonstrate the success. If you would like to view these, click on the links at the bottom of this page.

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In memory of Ursula Bowen (front row, furthest right)

Around the perimeter of the Willow Theatre we conducted a similar project, creating the Shakespeare Meadow, again reducing the fertility and then plug planting some four hundred seedlings that had been germinated by Volunteers. The photograph above shows the Llandrindod U3A being shown the Shakespeare Meadow by Ursula who is standing in the front row on the right.

We are so grateful for Ursula's enthusiasm and dedication to these projects and are proud that her legacy remains within the grounds of Penlanole.

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NB: More records to follow

Periwinkle Field Resurvey 2016.pdf

Shakespeare Meadow survey 2016.pdf

Willow Globe Meadow July 2015 Flowering Plants.pdf

Plants recorded in the Shakespeare Meadow May to September 2013.pdf

Plants recorded in Periwinkle Field May to September 2013.pdf

Plants recorded in Periwinkle Field 2012.pdf

Penlanole plants recorded in hay meadow 2012.pdf

Plants recorded in Periwinkle Field 2012.pdf

Plants recorded in the Shakespeare Meadow May to September 2011.pdf

Plants recorded in the Periwinkle Field. May, June, July 2010.pdf

Plants recorded in the Shakespeare Meadow ,May to September 2010.pdf

 Plants recorded in the Periwinkle Field 2009.pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole in May-July 2008.pdf

Plants recorded in the Shakespeare Meadow September 2008 (1).pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole in June and July 2007 (1).pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole in June and July 2006.pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole 05.pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole June 2003.pdf

Plants recorded at Penlanole 2002.pdf


Click on the links below to view further examples of Ursula's work for Shakespeare Link:

Farm Walk at Penlanole 2002.pdf

The Shakespeare Meadow - by Ursula Bowen.pdf

Diary of Management of Shakespeare Meadow.pdf

Plug plants selected from NPK Landscapes list of Wildflower Plants 2008.pdf

Shakespeare's Flowers.pdf

Shakespeare's Birds.pdf