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New features at Birchmore Pond

At Birchmore Pond we have installed interpretation. Working with Ecclestone George we have come up with something very simple, but hopefully very effective. Read more

The 2016 Gift to Nature Gala Dinner

A new charity fundraising event has appeared on the Isle of Wight’s busy charity calendar – the Gift to Nature Gala Dinner. This melange of food, frolics, prizes and music was created to celebrate the relaunch of the Island’s new, bigger local countryside charity. Gift to Nature is a part of the local Island 2000 Trust charity, and has recently taken over the management of most of the Isle of Wight Council’s countryside sites, including local favourites such as Brading Down, Golden Hill, Batt’s Copse and Rew Down. Read more

The 2016 Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition

The 24th Annual Hedgelaying Competition was held on 27 February at Parkdown Barns, Calbourne Road, Newport, PO30 4HP, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mike Morris.

Lead sponsors in 2016: Landscape Therapy; Gift to Nature; Wight AONB; Hants & IW Wildlife Trust; Cross Country Services

A cold but dry day provided ideal conditions for the fourteen entrants to the 2016 Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition. The competition was held for the second year at Parkdown Barns, with landowner Mike Morris welcoming back the hedgerow group to finish off the hedge they had started laying in 2015.

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Sandman Snowman 2016 – one of the biggest ever!

Once again at Small Hope Beach in Shanklin. Thanks to excellent support from IW County Press and IW Radio we had loads of people turn up despite it being a blustery day. With over 50 sandmen it was one of the biggest Sandman Snowman events we have ever had! Read more

Shide Meadows Centre

We have moved offices! We now live at Shide Meadows Centre (previously known as the Eco Therapy Centre, Hampton Trust, and before that Independent Arts) which can be accessed alongside National Tyres in Shide. It’s brilliant for us as we are alongside Pan Mill Meadows, and have a depot here too. Read more