Haymaking at Pilstone Fields

The following contractors are used by Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Monmouthshire Meadows Group.


Field Maintenance and Hay Making

Mark Protheroe  01600 716149 / 07855 500306.

Gareth Jones 01600 740368 / 07774 470850

Barry Evans 01291 650368 / 07875 778837

Ian Morgan, LLanishen 01600 860364 / 07836 672172.  Large & compact operations: Pasture topping, flail grass collecting, chain harrowing and rolling, small bale hay/haylage making

David Lucas, Llansoy/Star Hill 01291 650750

Vernon-Dier, Llanwecha Farm, Llandenny 01291 691151; Mob. 07989 906043.

Ray Evans at Llangwm

Matt Clarke, Devauden 01291 650226 or 07801436208

Dawn Cracknell, (J.C. Cracknell) Miss Graces Lane, Tidenham, Chepstow – all manner of tasks including hay-making Tel. 07836 581293

M. Rees at St Maughans 01600 712876

Peter Tierney   Longtown, Herefordshire.  He has an Agria 18hp pedestrian tractor, cutter bar, disc mower, side rake, mini round baler, rotary harrow and safety mulcher.

Andrew Lewis mobile 07895 553743 /parents home no 01600 860377

Bert Harris in Broad Oak 01981  580483

Wesley Greenhill (‘Wes’) at Welsh Newton, 07821 010603 or 01989562436

Ollie Partridge in the Welsh Newton area 07989 395886

Richard McKeand, Brooke Estate Management Ltd, grass cutting/collecting, small bale haymaking and other field management, 01600 717097,, website

Leon Broadman, in Ellwood, Gloucestershire, has kit for small field management – small tractor, mower, tedder and baler.  Address: Pennant Barn, Ellwood, Gl16 7lZ,  01594 832023


Alan Bateman 01685 875784 / 07890 897737

David Bowen 01600 716435

Kevin Williams 01443 400346 / 07973 453397

Gareth Jones (used by Mon CC) 01873 810164 / 07800 916265

Ian Morgan, Llanishen 01600 860364 / 07836 672172

Richard McKeand, Brooke Estate Management Ltd 01600 717097,, website

Owain Rees 07838 492 933

Tayman Fencing, Caldicott 07773 911261

Eco Active Arborists, Tom Downes 07867 471048,


Alan Bateman 01685 875784 / 07890 897737

David Bowen 01600 716435

Eco Active Arborists, Tom Downes 07867 471048,

Haydn Holder, 01600 716359 / 07802 191725,


Richard Gibbs 01291 673531

Richard McKeand, Brooke Estate Management Ltd 01600 717097,, website

Owain Rees 07838 492 933

Tree Services

Steve Jones 01594 531233 or 07917870717

Trunkarb Tree Surgery Ltd, based in the Forest of Dean, will cover all areas of Monmouthshire, 01594 529893 / 07843 688 229,,  website

Drystone Walling

Terence Patrick Mead  01873 737500 or 07932808690

Water Troughs/Water Supply

A Jones & Co. Usk Ltd

Mike Jones 01291 673415 / 07831 482899

General Maintenance

Owain Rees 07838 492 933, building, fencing, machine repair & servicing, welding, strimming, groundworks, machine operations,  patios, driveways, odd jobs and tree maintenance

Local Provenance Wildflower Seed

Gwent Wildlife Trust 01600 740358

Monmouthshire Meadows Group

PlantWild, Leominster – collect seed from Monmouthshire and surrounding area

Wyndrush Wild, Pembroke – collect seeds from west Wales

Habitat Aid, Somerset – British provenance seeds, donate half their online sales profits to conservation charities

Stock for Grazing

Exmoor Ponies – MMG

Welsh Mountain Ponies –  contact Tom Roberts 01495 772833 or Carol Brown 07792948519

The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies near Maypole can sometimes loan Welsh Mountain ponies.  The Society can transport them and will keep an eye on them.  Contact them on 01600 750 233 and  mention you heard about this from MMG.

James Edwards has a small flock of sheep which are run on an extensive, minimal input system.  James is interested in conservation grazing and is offering his animals to help out Meadows group members looking for grazing help.  He can transport the sheep and will keep an eye on them, and is willing to travel if the ground is suitable.

Elisa Best has a small flock of Jacob sheep available for some grazing around The Narth and Trellech.  Able to transport and care for the sheep on site. or contact via this web site

Ian Hughes  in Talybont-on-Usk has sheep that need some extra grazing, telephone 07581 262559 and 01874 676618.

Terry Claxton of Glocestershire Wildlife Trust – some Hebridean sheep which can be transported within the lower Wye Valley area but not further afield.

Machinery Repairs

Eric Jenkins of Usk 01291 690827 is highly recommended

Conservation Volunteer Groups

For a small sum (ca £50/day) a party of volunteers will do any task from dry stone-walling to bramble-bashing

Cardiff Conservation volunteers:  Email:

Bristol Conservation Volunteers: Contact Mr Mark Howard, Hall Flat, 55 Effingham Road, Bristol, BS6 5AX Tel: 01179 223 727

Conservation Contractors / Consultancy

Conservation and Trees: Ivy and Carl Denham


Tools for Self-Reliance Charity (in Crickhowell) collect and recondition old hand tools to aid rural communities in Tanzania. They also have reconditioned tools for sale

Hand made traditional hay rakes can be purchased from The Natural Gardener, suppliers of organic gardening materials based in Hope under Dinmore north of Hereford

Scythe kits and other garden tools are available from Habitat Aid, Somerset who donate half their online sales profits to conservation charities

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