Farndon Willow Holt & Water Meadows

Farndon Site Visit August 2011 Notts WT 4
Farndon 11 NottsWT cpt Claire Hargreaves

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Meadow Cranesbill Notts WT cpt Peter Gill

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Farndon Willow Holt & Water Meadows

One of the few remaining survivors of the working willow holts, once a feature of many Trentside villages


Wyke lane
Farndon Village, Newark
NG24 3SP
A static map of Farndon Willow Holt & Water Meadows

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

Car parking is available adjacent to the Riverside Inn off Wyke Lane.

Grazing animals

The wet meadows are grazed by cattle belonging to a tenant farmer, as well as our own Hebridean sheep.

Walking trails

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.


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When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0115 958 8242
Contact email: info@nottswt.co.uk

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)