Farndon Willow Holt & Water Meadows
Know before you go
Entry feeFree access
Parking informationCar parking is available adjacent to the Riverside Inn off Wyke Lane.
Grazing animalsThe wet meadows are grazed by cattle belonging to a tenant farmer, as well as our own Hebridean sheep.
There is a circular walk around the reserve.
Access is through the gates on Wyke Lane, Farndon. Turn off the A46 at the Farndon Roundabout, onto Fosse Road, followed by a right turn down Main Street. This takes you through Farndon village and to the reserve.
Access to the reserve is open at all times apart from prior to the hay cut where we ask dogs to be kept out of areas until the hay is collected. Signs will be placed on site during these times in the summer.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The Willow Holt is one of the few remaining survivors of the working willow holts that were a feature of many Trentside villages. The site is especially important as it houses an internationally-known collection of willows and hybrid species. Part of the riverbank is raised and forms a flood bank, either side of which is an interesting selection of cricket bat willows and hybrid balasam poplars.
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.