Help us restore our Romantic Honeymoon Wildflower Meadows. Let’s find out more about them.

Honeymoon Wildflower Meadows History

Once upon a time in the year 1189. the first-ever recorded Honeymoon took place right here in Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham between the Great Knight William Marshall and his young bride, the beautiful heiress Isabella de Clare.

They spent three weeks riding together around our fields and picnicking by the river to get to know each other…and it worked. They had 10 children and remained in love to the end of their days.

In 1189 these medieval fields would have been full of romantic wildflowers. We are asking for your help to restore the Honeymoon Meadows to their former glory. Ninety-seven percent of wildflower meadows have been lost in England since the Second World War in 1945… but hope is not lost. The seeds are still in the soil, even after 800 years, and we can reactivate them.

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Help us restore the wildflowers – sponsor a square

Help us restore our Honeymoon Wildflower Meadows to their former glory by sponsoring a “what three words” 3 metre square of meadow.

Your sponsorship will help us reactivate and restore the land so wildflower meadows can flourish again supporting the birds and the bees and endangered butterflies.

what3words – what is it and how does it work?

If you are new to what3words, here’s how it workks: What3words is an app that you can download on the App Store which divides the whole world into 3 metre squares. Each square has a name made of three unique words. The app can guide you to the square on the ground which you have sponsored. We will allocate a square to you from the Honeymoon Meadows and let you know your unique  what3words square in your confirmation email and card.

What you get when you sponsor a Honeymoon Wildflower Square

As a thank you for your sponsorship,  you will receive:

  • A beautiful card with details of your square, made on wildflower seed paper that you can plant at home.
  • You will be able to view your square online through the what3words app*
  • A chance to visit in person for our annual Honeymoon Meadows drinks party, which takes place in June, when the flowers are (hopefully!) in full bloom.

How to Sponsor a Honeymoon Wildflower Square

Squares cost £30 per annum and include the wildflower thank you card which you can plant at home, and drinks party invitation for you and a guest to visit your square on a day in June.

Is growing Wildflowers easy?

No! We have been restoring wildflower meadows at Shetland Pony Club for over 10 years. It can be tricky because wildflowers are, as our farm manager says “wild!” and don’t always do what you want.  With your help, we can get the soil and growing conditions right so that the flowers have a good chance of re-establishing. Each year the meadows are different. They surprise and delight us with their beauty and biodiversity and the butterflies, bees and birds that they attract.

To be part of our Honeymoon Meadows restoration, you can sponsor your square by clicking below.

Sponsor as many squares as you like. They make the perfect gift for a friend or a wedding present. Businesses can also sponsor squares for their employees. More details here.

You will receive an email confirmation with details of your square and a plantable wildflower card in the post with your summer drinks party invitation. We will send you updates about the fields progress throughout the seasons so you can keep in touch with your square.

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How long is my sponsorship for?

Sponsorship is for one year. Many of the favourite wildflowers, such as poppies, cornflowers are annuals and so have to be reseeded annually.

Can I visit?

Sponsors will be invited to a sponsor’s drinks party and pony walk in the meadows annually with one guest. Other visits are by appointment.

Thank you so much for sponsoring nature. Wildflower meadows in bloom are a wonderful joyful sight which lifts the spirits as well as being a much needed home for nature. Together we can restore the Honeymoon Meadows to their former glory.
Honeybee Shetland Pony in the wildflower meadow

Sponsor a Honeymoon Wildflower Square today