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The Harnham

Water Meadows Trust

The Harnham
Water Meadows Trust

What are the Harnham water meadows?

What are the Harnham Water Meadows?

Set within the vista of the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, Harnham’s 84 acres of water meadows have been an essential part of the city since the 17th century. To this day, the meadows still function as a flood defence for Salisbury.

Breathtakingly beautiful, they include a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to many types of flora and fauna.

Protecting and preserving our historic, and scientifically important, beautiful Salisbury water meadows for the future.

What do we do?

The Harnham Water Meadow Trust’s main objective is to protect and preserve this delicate and unique environment for generations to come. It is a small Salisbury charity run solely by volunteers.

Our aim is to keep the meadows in an operational condition using traditional methods, whilst protecting the environment. Each year we arrange access to the meadows for visitors, so anyone can come along and enjoy them, just as people have done for many centuries.

To help us conserve this place of natural beauty, please consider becoming a supporter. Every donation, no matter how large or small, is used wisely to keep this historical part of Salisbury as it has been for centuries.

Get involved

The Harnham Water Meadows Trust is a small, registered charity and we rely solely on grants and donations to keep the Trust going.

We are always looking for able volunteers to join us in clearing and maintaining the ditches and meadows to keep them in good working order. We also have volunteers who help us with tours, educational visits and open days.
We’d love to hear from you if you have a few hours to spare to help us with our work.

If you can’t spare any time, please consider supporting us and donating, either one-off or regularly, so we can continue our valuable ecological work for everyone to enjoy.

Visit the meadows

  • Access them year-round on the public Town Path and take a walk to the mill at Harnham.
  • Arrange an academic visit from school children to university students.
  • Join us to paint and draw your version of these beautiful meadows on an art day. Come along to one of our open days. Explore the meadows and look around Rose Cottage, the Drowner’s Cottage.

Arranging private access

We can help you arrange a private visit to the meadows. We can grant access for all sorts of reasons, from flying a drone to wedding photos. It’s best to contact us directly to discuss what your plans are.