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The Outdoor Mindfulness Guide

Here at Gift to Nature HQ we’re always looking for ways to improve and this month we thought we would share a mindfulness technique that will get you walking in the great outdoors and enjoying all the beauty our little Island has to offer.

If you’re even a smidgen into self-care, you’ll already be au fait with mindfulness and all the wondrous health benefits related to it. For those who don’t know, put simply, mindfulness is the art of practicing a mental state that focuses awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting the feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations that pass you by. Continue reading

Prize draw: a new name for Sandown Wetland Community Orchard

Prize draw: a new name for Sandown Wetland Community Orchard

– Draw is now closed –

Tell us what you think, and win a prize worth up to £64!

With money from the Big Lottery Fund we’re starting work to enhance Sandown Community Orchard and Wetland Walk in 2018. Thanks to Big Lottery Players we will put in a boardwalk, a new gate, some new benches, a board telling the story of the site and improve the hedge. We also want to get more people to use it, so we are going to need to show people what it can offer, how they can use the free fruit. We decided it needs a new name too.

Go to the prize draw survey page

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Come and get dirty with us!

 

 

Volunteer opportunities at the
“Mummies Caves” at Dodnor

 

 

 

The HLF funded Dodnor Rediscovered Project will be running volunteering opportunities to get involved in archaeological and environmental work at the Cement Kiln site and Dodnor Creek Local Nature Reserve,

Interested in Nature Conservation?

If you’d like to find out more about the practical sessions which will start in January 2018 and continue through to summer 2018 on this internationally important site please email Mark Russell at mruss121@gmail.com.

Interested in Archaeology?

Archaeology training sessions will be held in January to April 2018 and the field work will be carried out March to August 2018. For more information and to register your interest to volunteer email: ruthwaller77@gmail.com

Or call Natural Enterprise Shide Meadows Centre on 296244

 

 

The Gift to Nature Auction

AUCTION NOW COMPLETE

If you are a winner in the online auction you should get an email telling how to pay. If you didn’t get the email or you won with a bid at the Gala Dinner (ie not online) then please get in touch with us. 

Following our fantastic Enchanted Woodland Gala Dinner, we are continuing the auction online – go to our special auction website to see the lots and place your bid. If you bid on a lot at the Gala Dinner your bid will be the starting price for the auction – so keep an eye on it and you’ll see if you are outbid!

Auction runs from Monday 30 October until midnight on Sunday 12 November 2017

Go to auction

  • Cat James

Return to the mummies’ caves: new £63K project at Dodnor

Heritage Lottery funds £63,800 project on Newport’s industrial heritage

The Island 2000 Trust will be delivering a new project worth over £63000 after securing grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Vestas Technology UK. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and donated by the local wind turbine technology firm, the project aims to conserve and enhance the historic cement kilns at Dodnor known as the Mummies’ Caves, and improve the nature reserve at Dodnor Creek. Continue reading

Get your apples now!

There is a lot of free fruit to be had this year – and our community orchards have got some for you!

These apples are at Sandown Wetlands, Longwood Lane – just by the cycletrack. You can also find over 100 fruit trees free for the picking at Pan Country Park off Pan Lane, and there are more apples and cherries growing at Merstone Station.

Enjoy!

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