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Last updated 16/10/2019

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.

23 October 2019 807 St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Carisbrooke High Street, Carisbrooke.

Link to Streetmap.

Occasionally we can help with schools' wildlife areas, important for them to enthuse the next generation and get them close to nature. They are very grateful for our help today. WC. Bus 7, 12, 38. SZ487,882
30 October 808 Play Lane Millennium Green, Play Lane, Playstreet Lane, Haylands, Ryde. Parking: see right.

Link to Streetmap for meeting point..

Our last visit to the Green for 2019, and today it is the task to cut and rake the butterfly meadow. Plus other jobs I dare say. PLEASE PARK IN HILLRISE AVENUE and walk through Binstead Woods, or WELLINGTON ROAD and walk down Play Lane to the Green. Bus 37. SZ578,913
6 November 809 Morton Marsh end of Sandown Meadows - access via Copse End, Mortonbrook, Perowne Way, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap for parking/ entrance to site.

Coppicing this week at this nature reserve on the beautiful marsh here in Sandown. Unsurprisingly wellies are needed this week. Buses 2, 3 or 8. SZ59846,85312
13 November 810 The Isle of Wight branch of the RSPCA, Animal Centre, Bohemia Corner, Godshill.

Link to Streetmap.

It has been a little while since we helped the Centre with their grounds. You'll notice some changes! Bus 2 or 3. SZ519,835
20 November 811 One Horse Field, Totland Meadows, Hurst Point View, Fort Warden, Totland.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

A return to Totland this week for some work here in the meadow. We know that this most likely means raking, but it's a stunning place, and that sea view! Bus 7 or 12. SZ324,873
27 November 812 Bouldnor Forest, Bouldnor. Turning off the Yarmouth Road (A3054), Yarmouth.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

A session at the top of Bouldnor Cliffs on this heathland restoration site, coppicing and burning the regenerating scrub. Hope for some nice weather for the coastal vista. WC. Bus 7. SZ380,902
4 December 813 Shide Quarry, Burnt House Lane, Shide, Newport. Please park along Burnt House Lane towards St George's Lane.

Link to Streetmap.

Our penultimate session of the year sees us at Shide this year in the old chalk quarry managing the scrub here. Short walk from Newport bus station or bus 2 or 3. SZ505,881
11 December 814 Munsley Bog, May Close, Godshill. Please park in the Godshill Scouts' car park and not in the road.

Link to Streetmap.

Wellies again this week for the bog. Well done to you all, such a lot achieved again over the year - hope you've enjoyed it!

Happy Christmas everyone!