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Pig Leg Lane – The Story

The meadows at Pig Leg Lane have sat within the Island’s agricultural landscape for over 4000 years and the archaeological evidence of its long history still survives today.
Dr Ruth Waller will be giving a talk explain the archaeological clues left behind by our ancestors who farmed the land since the Bronze Age. From the evidence for the lives of our prehistoric ancestors to the landscape changes brought about by the coming of the railways and Victorian industry, the Pig Leg Lane site tells the story of how people from the past have used the land around Monktonmead Brook if you know how to recognise the clues left behind on the ground. Come along and learn the human history of this wonderful piece of our natural heritage.

Wednesday 8th March at 7pm, All Saints Hall, Ryde

FREE EVENT but donations to Gift To Nature most welcome.
Please call the Gift To Nature events line 01983 201565 to book, or email events@gifttonature.org.uk .

There is no charge, but donations can be made to Gift To Nature.

Gift to Nature on the High Street !

As part of the drive to raise our profile and funds for the charity, We are branching out into the high street. We cannot divulge the exact location yet, as all the behind scenes paperwork is still being completed, but we can reveal our shop will focus on outdoor living and offer a range of new and donated goods related to enjoying our great outdoors.

But we need your help !
Please have a look around your cupboards and sheds and if you find items you no longer use please donate them to our new venture. We are not really looking for house decor, but if you’ve already sorted a few boxes in a new year fit of enthusiasm, then don’t worry we are happy to take everything and if there’s anything not part of the theme we will gladly pass it on to another local charity shop.

We are especially happy to receive:
Coats
Boots
Hats
Gloves
Scarves
Waterproofs
Anything associated with;
Camping
Boating
Fishing
Skateboarding
Golf
Cycling
Tennis
Watersports
Gardening tools
Garden ornaments and furniture
Planters
Plants
Books
Artwork depicting rural scenes
Picnic baskets
Rural arts and crafts

Or anything else associated with outdoor pursuits

If you have higher value items you are looking to sell please get in touch as we will also be acting as an agency taking a commission on higher ticket price items. You can drop off your donations to our office at the Shide Meadows Centre in Newport or contact us and arrange a collection.

Volunteers

We are incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers to help us with some of the essential landscape work, but if that’s not for you, this could be your chance to shine. We will need help in the shop and need to compile a roster of people who could offer some retail support. Get in touch if you might be interested and will will give you some more details

This is a big step for the charity and we are really looking forward to taking on the challenge to bring something new to the island retail sector as well as lifting our profile with the general public.

Please help us achieve our goals

Thank you

 

 

 

Restoration of Swanmore Meadows has started

Work has started on the restoration of Swanmore Meadows. Today 22 members of Isle of Wight Green Gym started creating all-weather paths. Over the next few months you will see us clear encroaching scrub, manage some trees and improve the entrances at Quarry Road and Weeks Road. Interpretation panels will also be installed. The Meadows remain open, but please be careful as you may encounter machinery and or men (and ladies!) at work.

Funding boosts from Postcode Local Trust and Down To The Coast Heritage Lottery Fund have made this happen. Ryde Town Council has also been instrumental in getting this project off the ground, providing money for some initial work in March, and helping Gift To Nature secure a small amount of development money from IW Council.

We still have more money to raise as we would like to improve the entrance for all you people who yomp in from Slade Road. We know this isn’t great at the moment but we promise it will get better at some point.

We would like to hear from anybody who who’d like to help us with maintenance, care or recording of wildlife in Swanmore Meadows. For more details on becoming involved please call us on 296244 or email info@gifttonature.org.uk .

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