Wildflower meadows in Yorkshire: How The Queen's Coronation celebrations live on in Yorkshire
Yorkshire's wildflower meadows, this June, cut a striking sight in full bloom. To the many creatures that make their homes here, it's almost a step back in time.
Now a decade on, they have sown the seeds for 101 new meadows to grow.
To Jim Horsfall, at one of South Yorkshire's original Coronation Meadows, it is peaceful and lovely. There are butterflies, and bees; plants with fantastical names such as great burnet and sneezewort, that could be seen in a Harry Potter book.
With a small window for the wildflowers to bloom, he said, now is the time to witness their glory.
"It takes you away from a modern world," said Mr Horsfall who is South Yorkshire's nature reserves team leader for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT).
"Being in a place where you can feel the grass, pushing against your legs, where you can smell the plants and hear the buzz of bees and see a butterfly go from flower to flower.
"It gives you a moment of peace, that people need nowadays. Taking that time to just be in the moment is really important."
YWT's original Coronation Meadows include South Yorkshire's Fen Carr and Denaby Ings supporting a floodplain of traditional hay meadows and riverside species of orchid.
They were among the first in the project, between the Wildlife Trusts and Plantlife and launched by the now King, to create and restore meadows using donor seed from remaining fragments of ancient and traditional meadows.
In the years since, their seeds have helped sow new Coronation Meadows, at Brockadale Nature Reserve in West Yorkshire and Rossington Carr and Loversall Carr fields, part of Potteric Carr nature reserve, with its own grazing herd to keep the meadows blooming.
The "oft-quoted" statistic, said Mr Horsfall, is that 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost since the Second World War. Those figures, dating from the 1980s, are likely to be higher now, he warned.
"They are surprisingly rare," he said. "In the past, farmers needed hay meadows, with horses or oxen to work the land. Since the advent of tractors and fertilisers, people don't need as much hay. Such changes have led to the loss of many such meadows.
"They are so beautiful, and so much better for wildlife. There are so many more species of plants in a wildflower meadow than in almost any other habitat.
"In a good example, you might find 25 species in one square metre - sometimes even more. That diversity is really interesting, and beautiful to look at, but also really good for wildlife."