Spring Events Programme

Something to look forward to! No need to book – just come and join us at the place and time stated.

  • Tue 4th April: Myths and Magic of Plants – talk by Fiona Ford, 730pm at St Michaels Centre (with Gwent Wildlife Trust, £2 entry fee)
  • Sat 15th April: Myths and Magic of Plants – meet Fiona Ford for a walk in the Meadows, 10am at Byfield Lane Car Park
  • Sat 29th April: Geology walk – learn how the Meadows formed with Alan Underwood, 10am at Byfield Lane Car Park
  • Sat 13th May: Bird walk – with Steve Butler and (we hope) sand martins, 9am at Byfield Lane Car Park
  • Sat 10th June: Flowers and plants – meet Sheelagh Kerry, 10am Byfield Lane Car Park
  • Sat 24th June: Pond dip – meet Rebecca Ward, 4pm Mill Street entrance [NB changed time]
  • [NEW] Sat 15th July: Bug and insect hunt – meet Rebecca Ward/GWT staff, 2pm Byefield Lane Car Park

Outdoor events subject to weather conditions: please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Planting for a wild harvest

Brownies from Abergavenny and Goytre recently planted a wild harvest spinney in the copse. The thirty strong group greatly enjoyed the planting process, with each tree anchored by a marker with their name on it. The brownies also named trees for parents and grandparents, and they greatly look forward to seeing the trees grow in size over time.

We hope this is the first of many activity visits for the girls – with perhaps some of the skill tasks we’re able to set them linking to brownie badges.

January 2017 Bird Walk

We had good weather and an excellent turnout of nearly thirty people for our first walk of 2017. Twenty-five different bird species were spotted in an hour and a half, engaging in some interesting behaviour. A flock of at least 20 redwings were feeding together near the copse. These thrushes migrate to the relative warmth of the UK in winter when their arctic summer homes are too cold. They are about the same size as our resident song thrush, but have a distinctive white eye-stripe: it would also be very rare to see a flock of that number of song thrushes together. By contrast the buzzard is a permanent resident in Wales: one of these was sitting firmly in one of the meadow trees, refusing to be disturbed by at least a dozen magpies that were trying to move this predator away from their territory.

Replanting Commemorative Trees

We’re continuing to try to achieve our aim of planting 100 trees in the Meadows to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Replacing stolen trees

Unfortunately, as the article in the Chronicle explains, it seems that someone wants to stop us doing that, by stealing the trees we plant. Not only is this very distressing for the people whose relatives are being remembered, it’s also damaging the meadows for everyone. We’re working with the police and council to try to stop this vandalism.