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Hoften's Cross Meadow

A 1.4 hectare meadow left for wildlife

Hoftens Cross Meadow Local Nature Reserve is a small, 1.4 hectare, area of meadow and scrub with open public access. The agriculturally unimproved meadow is managed for wildlife and designated a Site of Biological Importance.

Location

Hoften's Cross Meadow, Cauldon Low ST10 3EU

Parking

Situated off the A52 Stoke-on-Trent to Ashbourne Road. The turning is opposite the Cross Inn at Cauldon Low with a first right to enter the small car park with space for 2 - 3 cars.

Features

A wide range of wildflowers

  • Meadow saxifrage and Marsh marigold in early spring
  • Spectacular displays of Common spotted orchid
  • Common twayblade and Greater butterfly orchid

Caring for the site

  • Follow the countryside code [2MB]  
  • Put your litter or dog waste in the bins provided
  • Keep your dog under control - do not let it chase or worry wildlife
  • Leave gates as you find them

Management

Hay cutting and low density grazing maintain the species rich grassland.  Hedgerows are maintained by laying at the relevant time of year.

Visit  Staffordshire County Council to report a problem with a footpath.