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Farndon Willow Holt

Farndon Willow Holt Situated in the village of Farndon in the Newark and Sherwood District, this fascinating site covers almost 10 hectares and includes areas of flood meadow and wildflower-rich grassland as well as sections of river bank and flood bank. The Willow Holt is owned by the Trust and includes a fine collection of willow species.

How to get to Farndon Willow Holt

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Access is through the gates on Wyke Lane, Farndon, at SK767519.  Turn off the A46 at the Farndon Roundabout on the south-west side of Newark, and onto Fosse Road, followed by a right turn down Main Street. This will take you through Farndon village and to the reserve. If you are using SatNav, enter NG24 3SW and follow the directions above. 

Why not explore these nearby reserves? Beacon Hill Conservation Park & North Muskham Lake.


With good parking and access off the A46, this fascinating site is one of the few remaining working willow holts that were once a common feature of many Trent-side villages. A diversity of native wildlife takes refuge within the site’s many habitats which include willow woodland and marsh along the flood bank, traditionally managed water meadows, and an important collection of willows - established in the 1950s by renowned local botanists Mr and Mrs Howitt who lived just a few hundred yards from the Holt.

Wild flowers include meadow cranesbill, comfrey, angelica and meadowsweet and the water meadows host species such as Yorkshire fog, brown bent and cocksfoot. The wet meadows are grazed by cattle belonging to a tenant farmer, as well as our own Hebridean sheep.

As the basket making industry declined in the latter part of the 20th century, commercial willow holts began to disappear, making the remaining sites such as Farndon hugely important. You can now enjoy the collection of over 40 different species of willow, a living museum that preserves an important aspect of the natural and cultural heritage of the Trent Valley.

Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £sign.]


Car parking is available adjacent to the Riverside Inn (formerly The Britannia) off Wyke Lane and there is a circular walk around the reserve.

Opening times

The reserve is open at all times except during some summer months before hay making when signs will be displayed on site.


Events at Farndon Willow Holt

News from Farndon Willow Holt

Wildlife Trust issues open inviation to visit Trentside Nature Reserve at Farndon

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today issued an open invitation for people to visit its Farndon Willow Holt Nature Reserve this weekend…....................

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