Pan Mill Meadows is an amazing green pocket of natural beauty right in the middle of Newport and an important breathing space for wildlife as well as for residents. It is a fantastic example of the difference the work of local partnerships and volunteers can make. The shared path through the meadow forms a key link in National Cycle Network Route 23 and is enjoyed by cyclists and walkers alike. Much of the site is managed as a fen meadow with an area of woodland and a long river frontage.
How to get there
By bus – St George’s Park Stop (Routes 2/3) then access the site through the footpath opposite the football ground entrance. Alternatively the site is a 5 min walk from the bus station. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is no car parking on site, Medina Avenue car park is close to the site. Approx site postcode for satnav PO30 1HL
The cycletrack passing through Pan Mill Meadows provides well surfaced level access suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Access to other areas of the site is on more uneven paths.
What to look out for
Thanks to coppicing in the woodland you’ll now see flowers such as wild garlic, bluebells and buttercups. In the meadow, yellow flag, water mint and meadowsweet have returned; there are woodpeckers, butterflies, dragonflies and if you’re very lucky you might just see a water vole along the river. Work on the river Medina by the Newport Rivers Group means you might manage to spot brown trout in the river.
The Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society surveyed the site for us in 2017 and 2018 and produced this wonderful list of what can be found. Particularly exciting this year has been a pregnant female alder leaf beetle.
Managing the site
When the site came under pressure for development several years ago, Gift to Nature stepped in to buy it At the time of its purchase this riverside wetland close to the centre of Newport had become in parts a litter-filled bramble patch.
The Newport Rivers Group, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Green Gym volunteers worked together to turn the land back to riverside woodland and wildflower meadow. Building on the this vital work undertaken by our partners Gift to Nature continues to manage Pan Mill Meadows for its habitats and species as well as its water quality and its flood defence capacity.
Island landscape contractor Landscape Therapy have stepped in to sponsor the site, giving their time, machinery and skills to keep it in good order.
Pan Mill Meadows has also benefited from a major river restoration project aimed at bringing trout and eel back to this stretch of the Medina, work funded by Suez Trust and managed by Natural Enterprise and the Environment Agency. There are now 125 fruiting hedge plants including gooseberry, black and redcurrant as well as damson, pear and apple trees along the paths and beside the meadow.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on conservation volunteers to help with many tasks and also need people who are happy to regular visit the site be our “eyes and ears”, this means we can respond much quicker to issues. Find out more here.
You can also help by becoming one of our regular supporters. Even giving a few pounds each month can make a real difference, with your donation being invested into site management and improvement work to benefit site visitors and look after our precious wildlife. Sign up here.
In 2016 and 2017 work to improve and maintain Pan Mill Meadows was made possible by the generous support of: