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Last updated 10/07/2019

Our programme

We meet every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm - please see our current programme (below) for dates and locations. Please also note the following:

  • We welcome new members, but currently our numbers are high, and we need to consider health and safety and make sure we bring enough tools etc. So If you are new to the group, please call Alison Hounslow on 07528 376399 before attending to get more information, or e-mail

  • Check online just before the session in case of last minute changes.

  • Wear old clothing suitable for the task and the weather, including thorn proof gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots, not trainers or sandals!

  • We usually have a tea break - please bring a mug!

  • Make sure that your tetanus inoculation is up to date.

  • Bring any medication that you may need.

  • Let us know if you are willing to car share.

  • Most sites are near public transport. For details of Southern Vectis services, go to

  • Sites with toilets are marked WC.

For a printable PDF of this programme, please click here.


10am - 1pm

Session No.

Location - getting there and parking

Details of task - on a cycle path

OS Grid ref.

19 June 2019 789 Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC, Sandford Farm, Gore Lane, Shanklin Road, Sandford, Godshill PO38 3EX.

Link to Streetmap.

We'll be at Bodster today, helping with their sensory garden area again this week, taking in the view and catching up with this charity, which uses horses and ponies as therapy. Buses 2 and 3. WC. SZ536,819
26 June 790 Brading Down LNR, Brading Down Road, Brading.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

Always lovely to work on the Island's chalk downland, and Brading Down is the stretch we've helped manage the most for sure; I never tire of the beautiful location though. Today it's Ragwort. Buses 2/3 and a walk from Brading. SZ596,869
3 July 791 Adjacemt Lake House, Bathingbourne Lane, Bathingbourne. Parking opposite or on road; if leaving early then advise not to arrive early.

Link to Streetmap.

The Himalayan Balsam season is well underway; a new site for us today to tackle the weed on this stretch of the East Yar. Long sleeves and trousers are suggested for the possible nettles in the vicinity. Bus 8. SZ548,836
10 July 792 The Duver, Gaggan Edge and Priory Bay, Duver Road, St Helens. Park in the National Trust car park in the dune system, not the IWC car park on the sea wall.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

This will be our 12th consecutive year of conducting a beach clean and litter pick in the Bay and the Duver. Gaggan Edge was apparently so named because press gangs from nearby ships used to lie in wait around here to gag their victims. Bus 8. WC. SZ636,891
17 July 793 Lynch Copse, Parsonage Farm – access via Martin’s Wood aka ‘Bee Fields’ (the access gate for Lynch Copse is in the far corner), School Close, Newchurch (car park opposite school).

Link to Streetmap for parking.

Himalayan Balsam pulling, so long sleeves and trousers recommended to protect yourself from any nettles in the vicinity. We continue to work towards HB removal from our waterways for the benefit of our native flora and fauna. Bus 22. SZ562,854
24 July 794 Red Cliff Beach, Yaverland, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

A new location for a beach clean this week, as we do a litter pick along the coast at Yaverland. Bus 2, 3, 8 or train. WC. SZ611,850
31 July 795 Morton Marsh end of Sandown Meadows, access via Copse End, Mortonbrook, Perowne Way, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap for acess to site..

Meet by the footbridge as usual but then we will head off for Himalayan Balsam pulling. Long sleeves and trousers recommended. Buses 2, 3 or 8. SZ59846,85312