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

Tuesday 12th September

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

On Saturday September 16th Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be holding a free open day at its Farndon Willow Holt Nature Reserve situated on the banks of the Trent in the peaceful village from which it takes its name.

The site has been in the care of the Trust for over 30 years and is home to a unique collection of willow trees, built up by one of the county’s most celebrated botanists, Richard  Howitt, the former owner of the site. Mr Howitt and his wife Brenda published the county’s most comprehensive book about the county’s wild plants, Flora of Nottinghamshire, in the 1960s and built up a collection of willows which the Trust now cares for in a special arboretum at the reserve.

The open day which will take place between 11am and 3pm at the Reserve off Wyke Lane Farndon, will feature guided walks and family activities. It will give visitors a chance to learn more about the site’s fascinating history and to discover this peaceful and tranquil setting which is ideal for family walks or a spot of wildlife watching. 

Speaking about the event Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Farndon is one of my personal favourite reserves. It’s in a beautiful spot alongside the Trent and is a lovely place for a walk at any time of year. The willow collection built up by the Howitt’s gives the site a fascinating history and it’s past as a working willow holt, supplying willow stems for the basket industry, makes it an import heritage site too.”

The event is being supported by the Farndon Wildlife Watch Group, The Farndon Resident’s Environment Group and will also be attended by Doolittle’s Animal Sanctuary who will be bringing a tawny owl for visitors to meet. Refreshments will also be available.

For more information about any of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust events pick up a ‘Wildlife What’s On’ leaflet from Tourist Information Centres, and a range of other venues.  Get involved and make the most of the natural wonders on your doorstep!

Alternatively, details of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust events can be found online at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.

For further details about the ‘Wildlife What’s On’ guide or the wider work of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust please contact Erin McDaid on 0115 958 8242 or 07734 573862

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