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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