Hallstad ängar is a unique meadow with pollarded lime trees and a lovely setting by the south shore of Lake Järnlunden. It has a wonderful display of wild flowers and a diversity of wild herbs and grasses.
Hallstad Ängar is a meadow with lime trees. It is unique because nowhere else on the mainland of Sweden are there so many lime trees. These limes are pollarded, which implies that they are trimmed at regular intervals. Down along the sandy shore, which was exposed when the Kinda Canal was constructed, there are alder and birch trees.
During the spring and early summer months there is a rich display of flowers at Hallstad Ängar. You can find Cowslip, Bluebell, Common Rockrose, Cat’s Foot, Milkwort, Vipers Grass, Quaking Grass, Sweet Vernal-grass, etc. At the end of July, when most of the plants have set seed, the meadow is cut in the traditional way.
For more than a thousand years, up to the middle of the nineteenth century, the meadow was the farmer’s most important source of fodder that he harvested for his livestock in the form of hay and leaves after mowing and pollarding. Nowadays there are not many meadows of this type left in Sweden.