The Harnham Water Meadows are probably the best known meadow irrigation system in England. Wessex in general is a very important county for water meadows and they form an important part of the historical landscape along with canals, mills, watercress beds and other engineered river-system features. 

Middle Street Meadow is maintained by Salisbury City Council who are very supportive of the Friends group

Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership

A strong Local Voice for Greenspace

A dynamic, non-political, local organisation, Salisbury Transition City seeks to encourage alternative energy sources, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels such as oil, revitalise local business and maximise the use of neighbourhood resources. And this in turn will help sustain our city and make it an even nicer place to live in!

A website which illustrates the construction and establishment of the Harnham Middle Street Meadow flood defences by the Environment Agency, including the excavation of a new pond habitat to ameliorate the effects of run-off from the Churchfields Industrial Estate into the River Nadder.


This work formed part of the Harnham Flood Defence Scheme near Salisbury which has been designed to provide flood protection for around 400 local properties up to a 1 in 200 year flood event.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was set up in 1962 to campaign and take action to protect the natural environment.  Since then the Trust has grown to become one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, working to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people. We are, moreover, the only organisation in Wiltshire which is concerned with all aspects of the environment.

Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre is the county’s local environmental records centre. They collect, collate, manage, interpret and make available detailed information on the wildlife, sites, habitats and geology of Wiltshire & Swindon.

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