Open Meadows 2022: Saturday 2nd July

UPDATE: The guided walks at Lower Pantygoida are now full, but there is a self-guided walk available there which you do not have to book in advance. You can still book on the walks at Upper Red House Farm

Meadow Etiquette: Please, no dogs as these are working farms. Please keep to the paths and edges of the fields so that the wildflowers and hay crops are not flattened

Saturday 2nd July: 1pm to 4pm

Members are opening their meadows at two sites on this Saturday: Sally Jones at Lower Pantygoida near Tal-y-coed, and Teona Dorien-Smith at Upper Red House at Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern.

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).

The 3½ mile route between the sites is shown on the map below.

Lower Pantygoida

Sally and her husband Kevin have over 60 acres at their farm at Lower Pantygoida, which is managed organically and from where Sally runs her small business, Welsh Organic Wildflowers. As well as wandering around their wildflower trail spotting a range of Orchids and other meadow flowers, you will be able to look at the plug plants Sally develops for sale, all grown from locally sourced seeds.

Upper Red House Farm

Upper Red House Farm is a 117 acre organic farm which Teona, a long time member of MMG, has managed since 1995. About 50 acres of the permanent pasture is a Local Wildlife Sites as well as the small woodland and orchard. The grassland is grazed and/or managed as hay meadows, and over the last 20 years Early-purple, Common Spotted- and Southern Marsh-orchids have appeared, with many other plants. Butterfly-orchids have been found in the wood, and the orchard has a number of apple trees. The Red House itself is a beautiful, listed 17th century farmhouse.

Directions

Lower Pantygoida, Tal-y-coed Lane, Llantilio Crossenny NP7 8TH

Sally’s business, Welsh Organic Wildflowers, is shown on Google maps.

From Monmouth follow the Rockfield Road (B4233) to Tal-y-coed, about 6.5 miles from Monmouth. At Tal-y-coed take a right turn into Tal-y-coed Lane, immediately before the Halfway pub and caravan site (formerly known as Warwicks).

From the west, follow the B4233 to Tal-y-coed, 8.5 miles from Abergavenny, until the Halfway pub on the left. Immediately after the pub turn left into Tal-y-Coed Lane.

Tal-y-coed Lane is narrow. The entrance to the farm is just under 1 mile along on the right, and there is a Welsh Organic Wildflowers sign on the gate. Turn into the farm drive and the parking area is further along the track.

The turning into Tal-y-coed Lane is at what3words.com/unlimited.curable.condensed

The turning into the farm is at what3words.com/fortnight.streaks.puzzled, grid reference SO 4110 1633

Upper Red House Farm, Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern NP25 5HL

Teona’s farm is also reached from a turning off the B4233.

From Monmouth follow the B4233 for 3.5 miles, through Rockfield to The Hendre. Turn left at the crossroads just after the entrance to The Rolls Golf Club. After 0.5 mile take the right fork towards Tregare/Raglan. After a further 0.9 miles the road forks – there is no sign but there is a small triangle of grass between the lanes. Take the right fork here, along the single track road. After 0.7 miles there is another fork (this time there’s no grass triangle) – take the left fork here. Travel right to the end of this lane where the farm is situated (a further 0.3 miles)

On the B4233 from the west, if coming from Abergavenny or from the other Open Meadows at Lower Pantygoida, there is another route. 1.3 miles past Tal-y-Coed Lane (and the Halfway pub) turn right towards Penrhos and Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern (there is a bus shelter at the turning). After 0.3 miles on this single track road, take the left turn towards Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern. (The road passes St Michael’s church, and has some tight bends.) After 0.8 miles turn right just after the gates to Hillbank Cottage (which are on the left). Travel right to the end of this lane where the farm is situated (a further 0.3 miles).

The farm is at what3words.com/fantastic.grain.heaven, grid reference SO 4284 1306

Guided Walks

There will be guided walks at Lower Pantygoida and at Upper Red House Farm at 1.30pm and 3pm. Please book your places below