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Last updated 20/02/2018

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 sturdy shoes or boots, not trainers or sandals!

  • 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.


10am - 1pm

Session No.

Location - getting there and parking

Details of task - on a cycle path

OS Grid ref.

24 January 2018 719 Either the 'Mummies Caves' (Old West Medina Cement Mill)  or Dickson's Copse, both at bottom of Stag Lane, Newport.

Link to Streetmap.

As to which site we'll be on today depends upon the need, but they are right next to each other so parking is the same either way. If we are on the old West Medina Cement Mill site, we'll be preparing the old kilns and structures for the archaeology volunteers to investigate and record to discover the site's secrets. If in Dickson's we'll have some more traditional clearance to keep us busy. Bus 1. SZ503,914
31 January 720 Brading Down LNR, Brading Down Road, Brading.

Link to Streetmap.

It is unusual for us to be working on Brading Down in the winter! There has been some work by contractors to mechanically clear an area to improve the view. We'll be in the same area. Park in the main car park, at or near the top. SZ596,869
7 February 721 Nansen Hill, opposite  'Devil's Chimney' car park, Upper Bonchurch, Ventnor.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

Back to hill climbing this week as we work on the Down with one of the best views on the Island. Bus 3. SZ578,785
14 February 722 Dickson's Copse, bottom of Stag Lane, Newport.

Link to Streetmap.

Please note amendment to printed programme. This week we are in Dickson's Copse, with a couple of tasks in mind. One group will be felling willow to prevent it from encroaching onto the marsh area, while another will tackle the muddy path by installing a drainage pipe. All good muddy fun - wellies essential! Bus 1. SZ503,914
21 February 723 Morton Marsh end of Sandown Meadows, access via Copse End, Mortonbrook, Perowne Way, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap.

This is a new site, one owned now by HIWWT which extends the Sandown Meadows we've worked on before in Adgestone. Parking along Perowne Way; access to site via a public footpath leading off Copse End. Bus 24. SZ59846,85312
28 February 724 The Red Squirrel Dell, Recreation Ground, Pell Lane, Ryde.

Link to Streetmap.

Would you believe it has been five years! But we're back and there are various things lined up, fencing, possibly planting, and some general tidying. SZ580,918
7 March 725 Morton Marsh end of Sandown Meadows, access via Copse End, Mortonbrook, Perowne Way, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap.

As above, and this time we'll likely be undertaking more control of encroaching willow. Bus 24. SZ59846,85312
14 March 726 All Saints' Church, Church Place, Freshwater (parking on Hooke Hill or on The Causeway).

Link to Streetmap.

Always a pleasure to see the Churchyard in the spring - this is a favourite of Mark's! We'll be working around the site and the adjacent meadow. Bus 7 or 12. WC. SZ346,873