Update: Gwent Wildlife Trust will have someone on site at their New Grove Meadows reserve near Trellech during the day, so it is well worth adding this to your tour around. This is Monmouthshire’s Coronation Meadows (together with New Grove Farm next door) and one of the best wildflower meadows in the country. [If you would like to see the privately owned meadow next door at New Grove Farm you can go to their charity day on 6th June in aid of Home Start – details here.]
Meadows Open Day 2015 Directions Leaflet (pdf file)
Open Meadows day 2015
This year we are having one day of Open Meadows,on Sunday 14th June with three sites opening their gates to the public:
- The beautiful meadows and orchard in the grounds of Ty Mawr Convent near Penallt, NP25 4RN, (Grid reference SO 505 078) where we shall be joined by Gwent Wildlife Trust
- Four Acres in Maryland, The Narth NP25 4QJ (SO 519 059), which boasts the largest population of Greater Butterfly Orchids in the county. These meadows are open thanks to the tenant Nikki Godfrey
- Land belonging to Nigel and Jane Seabourne at High Springs, Wern Lane, Mitchel Troy Common NP25 4JQ (SO 491 093): three meadows with a good array of meadow species including Broad-leaved Helleborines, a small spring and wet area with a stream and woodland edge
The meadows will be open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Access is free but we welcome donations to our Kingcoed Meadows Appeal. We are very grateful to our hosts for allowing us access and making us welcome on their land.
There are more detailed directions below the map or download the leaflet
Ty Mawr Convent (NP25 4RN) can be found from the Monmouth to Trellech road where it is signposted from the junction towards the Whitebrook valley but take the left fork. Continue along the lane for ½ mile and the convent is signposted on the right. Alternatively from Penallt, go back towards the Trellech to Monmouth road but take the first turn from the village crossroads to the left. Where this minor road is joined by another road, continue for a few yards and bear right. The Convent is about ½ mile along on the left. Park in the Convent grounds.
Four Acres, Maryland (NP25 4QJ), from the centre of Trellech follow the signpost to the Narth. After the turning to Beacon Hill there is a second right turn signposted to Maryland. Turn right here and continue along this lane for 250 metres. The meadows are on the left hand side with a driveway with dry-stone walls on either side.
High Springs (NP25 4JQ) is on the road from Mitchel Troy Common heading south east up towards the hill at the top (Craig y Dorth). The fields are on the left as you go up the road up to the hill (the house is on right).