Farndon Willow Holt
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.
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 and public toilets are available adjacent to the Riverside Inn (formerly The Britannia) off Wyke Lane and there is a circular walk around the reserve.
The reserve is open at all times.