This year we have three Open Meadows events, all free to attend and open to everyone. Scroll down for directions and maps for each of these.
Sunday 16th June, 2pm to 5pm: Northridge House at Shirenewton and the SAMFAL fields between Shirenewton and Mynyddbach
Sunday 23rd June, 11am to 4.30pm: Wet Meadow and New Grove Meadows in Trellech and Ida’s Meadow in Maryland, The Narth
Sunday 14th July, 2pm to 5pm: Blaentrothy Meadows at Blaentrothy Farm, Grosmont
Meadow etiquette: When visiting wildflower meadows, please keep as far as possible to the paths and edges of the fields so that the hay crop is not flattened and the flowers are not damaged.
Sunday 16th June: Shirenewton Area
Usk Road, Shirenewton NP16 6RZ
Grid reference ST 467 953
This meadow and woodland plantation of about 5 hectares was acquired by Ann and Michael Robinson in 2001 as neglected pasture, overgrown with bramble, bracken and encroaching trees. It faces south with fine views and is bounded by a stream with some mature trees including Small-leaved Lime. The meadow will be open in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.
From Chepstow take the B4235 to Usk for about 5 miles. Pass ‘The Carpenters Arms’ on right and then ‘The Huntsman’ on right. Exactly one mile from the Huntsman towards Usk is a sign ‘Pant y Cosyn’. Turn right down this lane and the meadow gate will be signposted on the right.
From Usk take the B4235 towards Chepstow for about 6/7 miles. The Pant y Cosyn turn is to the left after the turn to Bully Hole Bottom.
Between Shirenewton and Mynyddbach
The Shirenewton & Mynyddbach Fields Association Limited (SAMFAL in short) was formed in 2006 to protect and enhance the biodiversity and special ecological value of the ‘Green Wedge’ between the villages of Shirenewton and Mynyddbach. There are 11 acres of mixed habitat in two fields divided by a small stream with meadow areas occupying around 50% of the site.
From Chepstow take the B4235 to Usk for about 4 miles. Take the left turn to Shirenewton after about 200 yards you will see a field gate on the right with a ‘Heritage Lottery’ sign attached. Park by the gate and use the pedestrian gate to the right of the field gate to access the fields.
From Usk take the B4235 towards Chepstow for about 8 miles. Pass ‘The Huntsman’ on the left then ‘The Carpenters Arms’ on left then take the next right into Shirenewton.
Sunday 23rd June: Trellech Area
Trellech Wet Meadow and New Grove Meadows
Wet Meadow is comprised of five fields, running from Roman Way behind the surgery running adjacent to the B4293 north of Trellech. We have permission to park in the car park at the surgery in Roman Park View, post code NP25 4RB, grid reference SO499058.
Alternatively there are walking routes from New Grove Meadows, where you can park at grid reference SO501066 (just north of Trellech, a track signed Wet Meadow and Car Parking).
Wet Meadow will be open, with guided walks, between 11am and 4.30pm
Trellech Surgery car park is in Roman Park View, off Roman Way which is opposite the primary school.
Coming from the south on the B4293 go through the centre of Trellech, past the Church and look for the school on the right. Turn left into Roman Way opposite the school.
From the north, Roman Way is on the right soon after entering the village.
In Roman Way turn right into Roman Park View to reach the car park.
A short walk from the north of Wet Meadow is Gwent Wildlife Trust’s New Grove Meadows reserve – Monmouthshire’s Coronation Meadow and one of the finest wildflower meadows in Wales.
A couple of miles away from Trellech is Ida’s Meadow. our reserve in Maryland, The Narth. This small area of grassland is full of Greater Butterfly-orchids. It was part of Four Acres, the land owned by Ida Dunn who took loving care of her meadows for many years. Ida passed away in 2014, aged 102, and her estate donated this part of the land to MMG.
Sunday 14th July: Blaentrothy Meadows
The extensive meadows at Blaentrothy Farm near Grosmont were open in June last year when many members were able to see their thousands of Heath Spotted-orchids and hybrids and a host of other interesting plants. This year the owners, Ruaridh and Caroline MacDonald, have invited us back to see the fields later in the year when different flowers will be evident. These meadows form an SSSI and are probably the most important and largest area of species-rich grassland in Monmouthshire.
The Farm meadows will be open between 2pm and 5pm.