NWT Farndon Willow Holt

Farndon Willow Holt is one of the few remaining survivors of a working willow holt which were a feature of many villages along the River Trent when basket making was an thriving industry.

NWT Farndon Willow Holt

This is reserve is situated in the village of Farndon, just south of Newark. It covers nearly 10 hectares and holds a collection of locally important willow varieties.

The site is especially important as it houses a diverse collection willow varieties and hybrids, created by the late Leaver and Brenda Howitt after the Second World War. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is now working to restore the holt to its former status. In recent years cricket bat willows growing on the reserve have been harvested to make bats.

As well as the collection of willows, habitat includes water meadow where neutral grassland species occur such as Yorkshire fog, brown bend and cock's foor. Other habitats include scattered hawthorn scrub and undisturbed marginal vegetation along the bank of the river.

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Access is through the gates on Wyke Lane, Farndon, at map reference SK768520 on the south-west side of the Fosse Way (A46) Leicester to Newark road. The reserve is open to the public and car parking and public toilets are available adjacent to the Riverside Inn off Wyke Lane. A circular footpath runs around the perimeter of the site. 

If you would like further information about the reserve, or are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust office on 0115 958 8242.

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