Palmer's Leys Meadow
Palmer’s Leys is 50 acres of former arable field purchased by Oxford Botanic Garden in 2006. Approximately 20 acres of this has been planted with 13,000 native tree species, including oak, lime, ash, hornbeam, beech, yew and native whitebeam. The remaining 30 acres have been set aside as the focus of a restoration effort to produce a species-rich meadow similar to that of the Arboretum's adjacent semi-natural grassland.
Seeds were harvested from Pylon Meadow and supplemented with additional species from a commercial seed mix. An area of approximately 8.5 acres, was ploughed and sown in the autumn of 2008; a further 9 acres was ploughed and sown in the spring of 2010; and the final 12.5 acres were ploughed and sown in the autumn of 2010. Senior Arborist, Guy Horwood, explains this process in the video below.