Balsam bashing: May to September

Friends of Castle Meadows desperately need your help throughout the spring and summer to rid the Meadows of Himalayan Balsam.

Please could you join our next working parties:

  • alternate Thursdays: Sep 18th 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday 4th October, 10am to noon;

We will be meeting at the Mill Lane entrance to the Meadows (below the Castle on our map). Please wear stout shoes, long trousers and long sleeves (balsam often grows together with nettles). Bring your gardening gloves (although we do provide these) and a bottle of water. Insect repellent and sun cream may also be a good idea. After a couple of hours’ labour we then proceed to the Hen and Chickens to reward our hard work.


Hogweed survey 25/26 April

HogweedOne unwanted plant that we can’t remove from the Meadows ourselves is Giant Hogweed; however we can help the council’s spraying team by letting them know where it is. We’ll be carrying out a couple of surveys next week:

  • Friday 25th April 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 26th April 10am to noon

These are our least strenuous work parties, involving no more than walking around the meadows keeping a sharp eye out for those very distinctive leaves. Meet at the entrance to the Copse, below the castle (see our map), if you’d like to help.


Wildlife of Castle Meadows, 11th June

Wednesday 11th June 2014, 10.30am (Approx. 2 hours)

Meet us outside the Shopmobility Office in Castle Street, Abergavenny (SO 301 139) Postcode NP7 5EE (Castle Street Car Park on our map) for a leisurely walk around the nearby Linda Vista Gardens and the Castle Meadows on the banks of the River Usk. Find out about the conservation work, the flowers, the birds and much, much more! There is no charge for this activity.

The walk is suitable for wheelchairs and also mobility scooters which can be hired in advance from the Shopmobility Office (Telephone 0800 2983656). There is a £2.00 deposit for the hire of a scooter for non-members. There are accessible toilets near the Shopmobility Office. Barrier free route. Assistance dogs only please.

We had a Wild Weekend for Wales!

KWT logoOver 230 applicants from across Wales applied for free National Garden Centre vouchers as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Have a Wild Weekend for Wales’ campaign.

Funded by Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and the proceeds from the single use carrier bag charge, the aim of the weekend-long campaign was to encourage people to improve food sources and natural habitat for pollinators in Wales.

Volunteers from Friends of Castle Meadows rolled up their sleeves, got back to nature and gave bees and butterflies a helping hand in Castle Meadows Copse. They were successful in applying for £100 National Garden Centre vouchers which they then used to buy native wild flower plugs.

During Wild Weekend we planted primroses, bluebells, woodland forget-me-nots, wood anemones and snowdrops.

Read the full Press Release: Wild Weekend 2014