Enterprising farmer’s scheme to raise money for local good causes

A farmer in Stogumber, Somerset has planted an annual wildflower meadow for the last four years with all visitor donations going to charity.

Arable farmer Ken Sellick started the fundraising scheme in 2015 after rabbits and slugs rendered a corner of his 320 acre farm unusable.

He decided to turn the two-acre area of land into a wildflower meadow and placed local advertisements to invite people to visit it. Now the meadow, which has views across the Bristol channel, raises money for charities from visitors, who can make a donation.

Hundreds of people now visit the meadow every summer, and give via a collection tin in the field. 

The funding raised through donations has helped support Musgrove Park Hospital’s Love Musgrove £1 million MRI scanner appeal, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and this year’s chosen charity Elliot’s Touch, a charity that raises funds for research  into the condition of mitochondrial disease and childhood cardiomyopathy. 

Ken Sellick in the Wildflower Meadow at Coombe Cross Farm near Stogumber, Somerset, which features
Field Poppies, Red Dover, Viper’s Bugloss, Knapweed, Corncockle and many other varieties of wildflower.