Easter, Spring & Everything Inbetween 

Here at Gift to Nature, we are super-excited that Spring has finally arrived (even if the weather is behaving otherwise). Our rangers have been working hard to ensure our sites are ready for those Spring picnics and family days out. The shop is looking 'blooming marvellous' with a delightful array of Spring flowers, yours for as little as £1.00, and the yearly events calendar has begun, with our Geocache Easter egg hunt. 

Rangers to the Rescue!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Planting and Pruning event at Sandown Orchard. It was great for us to catch up with friendly faces, old and new. Our rangers Nick and Ed enjoyed passing on their knowledge and the fruit trees benefited from a much-needed prune.
Don't worry, if you missed the Pruning event, and still have some work to do in your own garden- we've got it covered in this month's Ranger's Diary, where the guys keep us up to date with all their green-fingered action. 

Click here to read this month's Ranger's Diary 

New Season, New Opportunities 

With the change of season often comes a desire to take up a new hobby, if you fancy learning some new skills this Spring, why not volunteer with us? We have some amazing events coming up this year and you could be part of them. There is also the opportunity to work in the shop, our shop also sells new home and garden items so you can get involved in the gorgeous windows displays. Or if you're green fingered, you can focus your attention on our shop garden.
Get Involved

April's Site of the Month - Birchmore Pond 

Most people reading this haven’t visited Birchmore Pond, and yet many of you cycle by each day. It is a haven for wildlife and a place to sit peacefully and listen to the birds. It’s also not too muddy at this time year either. 

Local landowner Caroline Knox kindly let
s us manage Birchmore Pond and we have been working with the Green Gym over several years to open up the entrance, create an extra path and clear some of the brambles and scrub- which will make it more appealing to wildlife. 

us on their optimum conditions. Don your helmets and head along the Newport to Sandown cycle track (route 23) just where it dog-legs east of Blackwater and damselflies- advising has been surveying for dragonflies and  Dave Dana,Volunteer see for yourself.

A Berry Good Addition to the Shop

In the shop this month we've been working hard to stock up the garden and we've introduced some strawberry and rhubarb plants to our range (crumbles at the ready), as well as new pansies including, Primula Vulgaris and Sisyrinchium Digitalis all from Quarr Abbey.

Inside, we have increased our range of new home and garden items. So if you have any Birthdays coming up, head down to Holyrood street in Newport to check out the range,

What's Coming Up? 

As part of this years 'All along the Riverbank' event, organised by The New Carnival Company, Gift to Nature will be holding a Madhatter's Teaparty at Sandown Community Orchard on the 7th of May. Bring a picnic, join us and watch the Teaparty mayhem unfold. Hide from the Queen of Hearts, follow the White Rabbit or hunt for water creatures with our rangers.
'Eat Me' 'Drink Me' refreshments available. A fun event for all the family - Fancy dress encouraged!

The event is free to attend.

Gift to Nature, will be holding a very special event this Spring, on the 26th of May, at the iconic Golden Hill Country Park in Freshwater. Just a stone's throw from the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival.

The Butterfly Ball will be an outdoor music event with a difference, join our Headline act Tensheds and a host of supporting artists in this beautiful, countryside setting. Children, and big kids alike, will be able to spot the butterfly amongst the trees. Or simply boogie on down, and listen to the tones of Tensheds and friends as the sun sets over these iconic views.

Licensed Bar and hot food available throughout the event, accompanied children welcome. 

Tickets: http://

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