There will be two Open Meadow days in spring/summer 2022, on Sunday 19th June and Saturday 2nd July
Sunday 19th June: 11am to 4pm
Members are opening their meadows at two sites on this Sunday: Susan and Patrick Harrington are welcoming visitors to their Local Wildlife Site at Broom House near Raglan, and Phillip Morrison is opening his stunning meadows at Crosshands near Llansoy. You will also have a chance to visit MMG’s own reserve at Kingcoed Meadows which is close by.
You do not need to book to visit the sites, but please book a place if you want to join the guided walks, with our species experts. There is a booking form below. There are no costs involved in the day (although of course, donations are always appreciated).
A suggested route between the sites is shown on the map below.
Broom House, Broom Lane, Raglan
At Broom House, our hosts are Susan and Patrick Harrington. The land around Broom House extends for 10 acres, with glorious views, and includes three meadows, a small lake and an area of woodland. The meadows support a variety of wildflowers including Common Knapweed, Meadow Vetchling, Bird’s-foot Trefoil and Pepper Saxifrage. Susan will be providing light refreshments so it’s a good opportunity to have a cup of coffee before moving on to our other open sites, or to finish off the day with a relaxing cup of tea.
At Crosshands there is one of the most extensive areas of Dyer’s Greenweed in Monmouthshire (pictured in the banner above), as well as some gorgeous expanses of species-rich grassland. Our recorders identified a staggering 37 indicator species of dry grassland and nine more of marshy grassland in their 2021 survey. These included other increasingly uncommon species such as Pepper Saxifrage, Burnet Saxifrage, Field and Devil’s-bit Scabious and Sneezewort. In June, there will be a stunning number of Orchids in flower.
This is MMG’s own reserve, purchased in 2016. This will be unmanned but you are welcome to wander around the edges and along the public footpath. There is more information including a leaflet to download on our Reserves Page
Broom House, Broom Lane, Raglan NP15 2HW
Broom Lane is a turning off Usk Road, between Raglan and Usk.
From Raglan, at the A40 roundabout take the turning towards Gwehelog/Usk/Brynbuga. Broom Lane is the first right turn, just less than a mile along the road.
From Usk, take Monmouth Road towards Gwehelog and the Natural Burial Ground. Keep to the main road through Coldharbour, towards Raglan. The turning is 4.5 miles from Usk, on the left. It’s a small lane, difficult to spot – look for the signpost to Rhiw-Las/Clytha Hill.
Broom House is first house on left (0.1 mile along Broom Lane) at what3words.com/rests.topped.blockage
Fields at Crosshands
Parking for this area is on a grass bank (with thanks to the landowner, local farmer Peter Williams). There is a path through the woodland to the meadows which will be signed on the day.
The turning into the farm gate is at what3words.com/wound.pricier.invented where the post code is NP15 1DE, grid reference SO 4341 0335
From Raglan, take Chepstow Road towards Llansoy. This passes by Raglan Farm Shop and goes under the A449. Go straight across the crossroads (showing 1 mile to Llansoy) and after 0.4 mile turn into the track through the farm gate on the right (just past a white bungalow on the left). Turn immediately right onto the grassy bank that can be seen from the road.
From Usk, take the A472. After 0.8 mile, before reaching the A449, turn off left onto the B4235 (signed to Chepstow). After 3 miles, at the crossroads, turn right towards Llansoy and after 0.4 mile turn into the track through the farm gate on the right (just past a white bungalow on the left). Turn immediately right onto the grassy bank that can be seen from the road.
From Chepstow follow the B4293 through Devauden. About 1.5 miles after Devauden, turn left towards Llansoy/Raglan. The parking area is 3 miles along this road on the left (about 0.7 mile after Llansoy). Look for a white bungalow on its own on the right – the turning is just before this. Turn into the track through the farm gate then immediately right onto the grassy bank.
If you have mobility problems, there is limited parking closer to the meadow. Please contact MMG for details.
A quick detour from the road to Llansoy will take you to Kingcoed, where you can park outside the gate (there is limited parking here) and enter the meadow at what3words.com/paving.painting.broth. There are directions on our leaflet (download as a pdf)
UPDATE: In order to balance numbers, there are now only places available at Crosshands at 11.30am and Broom House at 2.30pm
There will be guided walks at Broom House and at Crosshands at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Please book your places below: