The Mill Meadows Society
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Mill Meadows, Billericay, is a 90-acre Local Nature Reserve and one of the finest ancient meadow systems in Essex. Centuries of grazing have created the ideal conditions for a wonderful diversity of wild flowers, fungi, insects and invertebrates, many of which are rare. It contains an area of 16.63 acres (6.73 ha) declared as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its unimproved neutral grassland.

The site is protected from development by green belt planning legislation and by a covenant lasting until the year 2070 restricting use to outdoor recreation and social activities. The owner of the site, Basildon Council, is working with Natural England DEFRA to maintain and enhance the rural character and natural history of the meadows while still allowing visitors access for quiet recreation.

Cattle sometimes graze on the reserve during the spring and summer months. This grazing encourages the growth of flora. The cattle are indifferent to people and dogs provided that they are not harassed in any way.

Dogs, kept under control, are allowed on the reserve. Please pick up dog litter. Bins are provided for disposal.

The site has rare species and supports a characteristic flora of a grassland type that is very much reduced within the Essex landscape, due to development and agricultural improvement.

Upcoming Events

Monday 2nd April 2018
Call for Artists !
Mill Meadows
we are asking local artists to submit paintings of Mill Meadows for an art exhibition in the Library - applications requested by 2nd April. see Documents for more details on theme, medium, Ts&Cs and application form or email chair using link below
Thursday 26th April 2018
Illustrated talk on The Cater Museum
Reading Rooms Billericay High Street
starts 7.45 - a short AGM and update on our Heritage Lottery Funded Project will precede the talk. Free entry, refreshments by donation - a lovely selection of home made cakes