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Last updated 21/11/2018

Our programme

We meet every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm - please see our current programme (below) for dates and locations. Please also note the following:

  • We welcome new members, but currently our numbers are high, and we need to consider health and safety and make sure we bring enough tools etc. So If you are new to the group, please call Alison Hounslow on 07528 376399 before attending to get more information, or e-mail

  • Check online just before the session in case of last minute changes.

  • Wear old clothing suitable for the task and the weather, including thorn proof gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots, not trainers or sandals!

  • We usually have a tea break - please bring a mug!

  • Make sure that your tetanus inoculation is up to date.

  • Bring any medication that you may need.

  • Let us know if you are willing to car share.

  • Most sites are near public transport. For details of Southern Vectis services, go to

  • Sites with toilets are marked WC.

For a printable PDF of this programme, please click here.


10am - 1pm

Session No.

Location - getting there and parking

Details of task - on a cycle path

OS Grid ref.

28 November 2018 762 All Saints' Church, Church Place, Freshwater. Parking: on Hooke Hill or on The Causeway.

Link to Streetmap.

One of our favourite venues here in Freshwater this week, to work with our Carole who is Cemetery Warden for this lovely church. Bus 7 or 12. WC. SZ346,873
5 December 763 Munsley Bog, May Close, Godshill. Please park in the Godshill Scouts' compound and not in the road.

Link to Streetmap for parking.

In the bog this week for our annual work to maintain the habitat. Mince pies at elevenses too! Buses 2 and 3. WC. SZ525,823
12 December 764 Shide Quarry, Burnt House Lane, Shide, Newport. Please park along Burnt House Lane towards St George's Lane.

Link to Streetmap for worksite.

Our last Green Gym of 2018. Well done everyone, such a lot achieved again over the year - hope you've enjoyed it! Happy Christmas everyone! SZ505,881
2 January 2019 765 Bouldnor Forest, Bouldnor. Turning off the 'Yarmouth Road'(A3054), Yarmouth.

Link to Streetmap.

Happy New Year! The first of a possible two sessions here on the top of the cliffs at Bouldnor; on a bright January day what better place could there be to see in the New Year! Fingers crossed! Heathland restoration work. Bus 7. WC. SZ380,902
9 January 766 Birchmore Pond, Birchmore Lane, Blackwater, Newport.

Link to Streetmap.

It has been a couple of years since we worked on the pond here in Blackwater. Good to be back. Bus 3. SZ509,856
16 January 767 Morton Marsh end of Sandown Meadows. Access via Copse End, Mortonbrook, Perowne Way, Sandown.

Link to Streetmap for entrance to site.

Some willow control this week down at Morton Marsh. It's great to see this lovely reserve evolve and improve with the works being undertaken by the Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust to improve the habitat. Buses 2, 3 or 8. SZ59846,85312
23 January 768 Bouldnor Forest, Bouldnor. Turning off the 'Yarmouth Road'(A3054), Yarmouth.

Link to Streetmap.

In all likelihood we return to Bouldnor Forest this week for some more control of regrowth and gorse. Bus 7. WC. SZ380,902
30 January 769 Dodnor Creek LNR, Dickson's Copse. Access off cycle track at the bottom of Stag Lane, Newport.

Link to Streetmap for worksite.

It will be interesting to walk through Dickson's Copse and hopefully see the effect of the path improvements we've made during the summer. However there'll be plenty of mud as we'll be in the withy bed this week! Bus 1. SZ503,914