Hutchison's Meadow Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Grazing animalsSheep summer graze or after hay cut
Access via kissing gate off Melton playing field.
Walking conditions can be very damp and uneven
Not suitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesBest to visit before hay cut in July.
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
A superb colony of southern marsh orchid Hutchison's Meadow is an interesting flower-rich grassland that is a mix of spring fed wet grassland and drier grassland associated with sand and gravels. The wet grassland includes species such as ragged-robin, common fleabane, square-stalked St John's-wort and there is a superb colony of southern marsh orchid. The drier parts of the meadow support typical meadow species such as sweet-vernal grass, red clover, yellow rattle, meadow and bulbous buttercups. The meadow was kindly donated to Suffolk Wildlife Trust by Sir Peter and Lady Hutchison.