The Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust: Withymead Nature Reserve – upcoming events

Withymead Nature Reserve (Bridleway, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 0HS) is managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust. Bordered by the river Thames on one side and the Ridgeway Path on the other the grounds extend to 22-acres consisting of woodland, marshland and the relics of Saunders’ Boatyard, much of which has remained untouched for many years.  There’s lots going on in the next weeks:

  • Saturday 23 August – continuing the annual wildflower meadow ‘cut and rake’ at Little Meadow Reserve next to Gatehampton Railway Bridge. 10am – 1pm.
  • Friday 5 September from dusk ’til late – regular monthly Moth Night.  Free session.
  • Saturday 6 September, 10am – 1pm – ‘1st-Saturday-in-the-month’ regular conservation volunteer session (refreshments and tools provided). This is likely to involve cutting and clearing this year’s reed-fen section of old reeds and Willow trees.
  • Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm – ‘Introduction to Plant Galls’ course – there are some lovely galls at Withymead just now. Charge £25, BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Regular events:

  • The ‘Monday Morning Brews’ Club – light gardening and conservation tasks.
  • Mondays and Wednesdays walkers / cyclists on the Bridleway are now able and welcome to visit the Study Centre and surrounding Wildlife Garden.
  • Walks can be arranged round Withymead Reserve, binoculars, hand lenses, books and microscopes can all be borrowed / used.
  • Study Centre is open on Sunday afternoon, 1- 4pm.

For full details or more information contact the trust Tel: 01491 872265 / 07553 112447, email:, web