Gift to Nature Charity Shop Manager – Newport
Full or part time
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Gift to Nature, the island’s local land management charity, is launching a shop in Newport to raise funds and awareness. This will be our flagship store and first retail presence on the Island.
With a range of new and preloved stock, the Gift to Nature shop will focus on promoting the great outdoors and plan to offer work by local artisans using or featuring our natural landscape, locally grown plants and used tools, outdoor clothing and equipment, and more.
We are looking for a shop manager to help set up and drive forward this exciting new project and raise the profile of the wider Gift to Nature brand.
Our new team member will have a flair for design, strong administrative skills and an ability to deliver targets. They will love working with people and be keen to communicate their passion for the Isle of Wight’s natural environment.
Experience of working with volunteers or not for profit sector would be an advantage.
Find out more details by downloading the application pack from this page or ring 01983 296244 to be sent a paper version.
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Application deadline April 28th
Interviews Friday 5th May
Thanks to the WightAID Foundation for this generous support! With the beautiful background of Golden Hill Country Park we received a big cheque (literally) from Sue Lucas of WightAID. This will go towards better information and signage across all our 30 sites.
Also pictured is our chairman Brian Friend (left) and G2N Manager Matt Chatfield (right).
Click here to visit the AUCTION SITE
We are very pleased to be running our first ever online auction.
It is small but perfectly formed with some wonderful donations from our lovely business supporters. Continue reading
After our very evening enjoyable knees-up last year we’re repeating it with an informal and fun evening open to all at the Quay Arts.
The hedgelaying competition is free because of the generous support of Landscape Therapy and many other sponsors – but we can always do more. This year we’re raising funds for Gift to Nature and hedgelaying on the Isle of Wight – we’ll be putting on a hedgelaying training event this autumn to encourage some new faces into the 2018 competition. Continue reading
Our annual Sandman Snowman event will take place 19th February at 11am on Small Hope Beach Shanklin.
Do you want to build a sandman?
You bring your wellies and spades. We bring carrots and coal! Free event but donations to Gift To Nature are very welcome. Small Hope Beach Shanklin, next to the sailing club. Continue reading
Last Autumn we mentioned our plans to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund monies to ‘rediscover’ the cement kilns at Dodnor. Affectionately known as ‘the Mummies Caves’ by local children who played there many years ago, the structures have now become overgrown and the site is no longer open to the public for strong safety reasons, and because of the wildlife it now supports.
We have had a lot of positive response, and so we are holding a walk and talk around the site on Saturday 14th January. Continue reading
We have been investigating putting cattle back to graze on Nansen Hill, in partnership with our neighbours the National Trust who already do graze the neighbouring fields. Although we had no plans to start grazing this year, as it turned out, late in November the cattle took things into their own hands and broke through the fence at the top of the site. About nine animals were on Nansen Hill for about ten days. We decided to leave them there for a little while to see how things went, and you may have noticed the signs we put up at the entrance points to let people know that the cattle were on the field. The cattle seemed happy on the site and managed to graze back some areas a bit, and so they are now safely back in the NT fields and we’re considering how to take this forward. Continue reading
Big changes are going on at the Pan Mill Meadows nature reserve in Newport. You might have seen us working, part of the area we’re working on is very visible from St George’s Roundabout by Matalan.
So what’s happening?
Gift to Nature has leased more land from the Isle of Wight Council and has also secured funding from the Suez Communities Trust, and Newport Parish Council.
This will extend the reserve and allow for the Freshwater firm of countryside professionals, Landscape Therapy, to carry out improvements. Work is expected to continue until spring 2017. Continue reading
Gift To Nature want to know what to call Ryde’s nature reserve – will you help? The nature reserve south of Quarry Lane, Ryde has various names, and people have told us they want to have a say in what we call it in the future. So now’s your chance to tell Gift To Nature what you think they should call that beautiful bit of countryside.
At present Gift To Nature are calling it Swanmore Meadows, but local people have said that name suggests a housing estate, and not the beautiful woodland and grassland it is.
Beautiful flowers on the restored path, 2016
VOTING HAS FINISHED – we’ll let you know when the results are in
Bags of Help
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the five pence plastic bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
The nature reserve at Swanmore Meadows, Ryde, is one of the nominated projects for the Isle of Wight! Swanmore Meadows is managed by Gift to Nature with ongoing support from Ryde Town Council. It’s a beautiful place, but because there are not many paths the reserve is quite hard to get around and we still have a lot of work to do. Continue reading