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Last updated 4/9/2019

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.

4 September 2019 800 The Riverside, Newport Quay, Quay Street, Newport.

Link to Streetmap.

Another milestone this week as we make it to our 800th session! WC. Newport buses. SZ502,894
11 September 801 Dodnor Creek LNR, Dickson's Copse. Access off cycle track at the bottom of Stag Lane, Newport.

Link to Streetmap for worksite.

Dickson's Copse is an area of woodland off the Newport to Cowes cycle track. We have worked here on numerous occasions and this week we will be managing the willow. This species of tree, if left, will dominate the reed beds, so we will be coppicing some of the trees. Wear old clothes and wellies for sure as we are working on the edge of the woodland and the Parkhurst Stream. Bus 1.

18 September 802 Merstone Station, Merstone Lane, Merstone.

Link to Streetmap.

It will be good to return to Merstone Station to see the work that Gift to Nature have done to improve the signage there. Bus 2. SZ526,845
25 September 803 Sandown Station Approach, Perowne Way, Sandown. Park and meet in Station car park - bottom of Station Road.

Link to Streetmap.

Back in March we cleared and pruned the bed along the approach ramp here. Back today for a mammoth plant up! Yes we have ordered plants to restock the beds with nectar producing flowers ready for next year. Working with the IW Community Rail Partnership. WC. Train/bus 2, 3, 8. SZ591,843
2 October 804 Community Orchard/Wetland Walk, Longwood Bridge, Longwood Lane, between Adgestone and Lake.

Link to Streetmap.

This site has been one we've helped to look after for 18 years now; in the spring the orchard looks a picture. This time of year it is all about making sure the season's growth is collected in. Bus 2,  3 or 8. SZ458,850
9 October 805 Flowers Brook, Steephill Road, Ventnor.

Link to Streetmap.

There will be some clearance of the season's growth along the length of this cascade and brook. It has looked a treat all summer long. Bus 3 or 6. SZ553,770
16 October 806 Pan Mill Meadows, Connie's Way, Newport. Between Shide Path and Matalan. Parking in Matalan car park, please give them your registration number.

Link to Streetmap for worksite.

We rake off this meadow each year, to reduce the nutrients seeping back into the soil. It's a nice site, a green space in a busy area of town. All Newport buses. SZ502,887