Job opportunity: Gift to Nature Charity Shop Manager

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 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).

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

 

 

 

Hedgelayers’ Supper

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

Sandman Snowman 2017

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

Return to the Mummies’ Caves!

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