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Feeling sheepish in Newport!

The sheep are back! Yes, our visiting four-legged mowers are back on duty at Pan Mill Meadows, Newport. Our work to restore this meadow to safe grazing condition last year seems to have paid off – they are enjoying the grass.

Although some of them have horns, they are not goats – sheep do have horns too.  Continue reading

The Gift to Nature Shop: official opening

Official opening of the Gift to Nature Shop, 12 Holyrood St, Newport PO30 5AU (opposite Hurst’s) 14:00 26 May 2017

Holyrood Street will be welcoming a unique shop on Friday 26 May.  Island countryside conservation charity the Island 2000 Trust is opening its first shop to get the countryside message to the high street.

The Gift to Nature shop is selling both new and preloved products, all focussed on the outdoor, garden and countryside theme. Continue reading

Appley Frame #RydeFrame

Get in the frame!

If you’re at Appley Park look out for our newest installation – the Ryde Frame!

With support from Goodleaf Tree Climbing and the Isle of Wight Council we have commissioned and installed a wonderful new feature at Appley Park. Made by creatives Dave Badman and Lisa Long at Ecclestone George.

The #RydeFrame is the perfect place to take a selfie with Ryde’s iconic Appley Tower. Have a go, and don’t forget to tag us into your selfies!

Thanks WightAID!

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).

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

 

 

 

Nansen Hill

Grazing at Nansen Hill

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