Join us at our Meadows Open Days in June and July

New Grove - Green-veined Orchid
Green-veined Orchid at New Grove Meadows, May 2012, Picture by Keith Moseley

Our first open day of the season was on Sunday 3rd June at Richard Cornock’s smallholding near Portskewett  and there will be another chance to see Richard’s meadow on 15 July.

Visits can be made between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

Next Sunday, 10th June, is a chance to visit Chris Parsons’ wonderful meadows and orchard near Little Dean in the Forest of Dean at The Meeting House, New Rd, Flaxley.  This site is well worth seeing although outside MMG’s patch. It has a wide range of species including a scarce strangely-named umbellifer Corky-fruited Water Dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides and there are superb views down to the Severn valley. If you are interested please contact MMG so that we can arrange car-share opportunities (Maggie Biss or Steph Tyler, details on our contacts list)  There is more information on how to find The Meeting House on the Dean Meadows Group web site

On Sunday 17 June: Open Day at Parson’s Grove (Joni Gooch) near Earlswood. This is a good chance to see this rich area of woodland and five species-rich pastures by the Cas Troggy Brook. From Shirenewton village drive north past the village hall on the left and continue to the first turn to the left. Continue along this narrow road, following the signs to Parsons Grove. Parking will also be available at Oxpool Cottage just before Parsons Grove.  Post code is NP16 6RD

Sunday 1 July:  Ty Major, Forest Coal Pit, Abergavenny NP7 7LH (Peter Smith & Sheelagh Kerry). This will be an opportunity to see an upland smallholding with woodland and pastures about which Sheelagh talked at the last MMG Autumn meeting. We hope to have a biodiversity blitz, preparing an inventory of all species present (plants, butterflies, birds etc) so all welcome.
Directions to Ty Major: from Abergavenny take the Old Hereford Road past King Henry School to Pantygelli. Just past The Crown turn left, after 1 mile go through the village of Bettws. Continue on this road for another mile, turn right (sign on the bank to Upper Bettws and Yoga Studio). Go along this narrow lane, round a wet corner and between a house and a converted barn. Finally bear left onto the drive which goes straight up the hill and over a cattle grid, Ty Major is at the top of this drive.

Sunday 15 July: Another chance to visit Richard Cornock’s smallholding near Portskewett (www.leechpoolwildlife.co.uk) to see arable flowers such as Corn Marigold and Cornflower growing among the sacrificial crops.  The address is 29 Leechpool Holdings, Portskewett, Caldicot, Monmouthshire NP26 5UA.  Map

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