Equals IW Annual General Meeting.
Anyone can attend our AGM but you are asked to contact our Secretary should you wish to do so.
The AGM will be followed by a Committee Meeting from 7.45pm to 8.45pm.
May I take this opportunity to thank Aireen for enabling Equals IW to host both meetings at Torwood, Bonchurch Village this year.
Mark Equals IW Secretary
The Green Time Queens Pageant Walk is taking place in Bonchurch
Free Parking is vilble in the surrounding road such as Bonchurch Shute, Trinity Road or St Boniface Road.
Please allow 15 minutes to walk to Bonchurch Pond from where you have parked.
At the start of this walk you will learn about the famous people who have lived in Bonchurch Village. Then walk on into the Landslip which is a large area of woods and jumbled paths between Luccombe and Bonchurch village. It features remarkable land forms such as cliffs, boulders and tree canopies. Plenty of photo opportunities.
We will stop at the Wishing Seat also known as the Wishing Stone. This is a large moss-covered rock by the path and tradition has it that if you sit on the Wishing Seat and make a wish it will come true.
The walk continues to the Smugglers Haven Tea Gardens with stunning sea views and free refreshments. Afterwards we will walk through the Devil's Chimney to the beautiful Monks Bay. The final part of the walk takes us past the attractive water stream which falls to Monks Bay and Old St Boniface Church back to Bonchurch Pond.
Please wear trainers or either walking shoes or boots as summer footwear is not allowed on this walk. Please wear clothing suitable to the weather and sun-cream, and bring plenty of fluids to drink on the way. There will be free refreshments for all when we stop at the Smugglers Haven Tea Gardens.
This walk is open to children accompanied by parents, young people and adults, with no upper age limit. Dogs are also very welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.
3.5 miles round trip, 8,000 steps, 325 kcal
The Green Time Crafts in the Park and Picnic is taking place at the Medina Riverside Park
The site is at the start of the cycle track to Cowes, by the roundabout near Buywise on the Dodnor Industrial Estate. There is a small gravel car park for visitors to use. There is a small charge for parking that goes towards the upkeep of the site.
Rachel from Gift to Nature will guide the walk around the meadow path to learn and look at all the wildflowers. We would like you to spot the butterflies and count them as part of the Annual Big Butterfly Count.
Rachel will be leading the craft session, where you will be making pictures using dried flowers and then framing them with twigs. Afterwards join the group Picnic and relax in the meadow by the river.
Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and bring sun-cream and a sun hat. Please also bring some picnic food and drink to contribute to the group Picnic and a camping chair.
This Green Time activity is open to children accompanied by parents, young people and adults, with no upper age limit. Dogs are also very welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
To book a place call or text Mark on 07854 852 518 or view our flyer.
The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide citizen science survey led by the nature conservation charity, Butterfly Conservation. It is the largest citizen science project of its kind, and we need YOU to help us learn more about how butterflies are faring across the whole of the UK.
The event runs from July 15th for three weeks and all you need to do is spend 15 minutes in a sunny spot and count the amount and type of butterflies you see. You can download the free Big Butterfly Count app now.
Click on this link below to learn more, sign up, get your free app and get counting.
All dates and times are subject to variation and changes will be updated.
The Cowes community got back together once again for a giant “Picnic in the Park” to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee on 5th June 2022.
Equals IW Friendship Group for Women were delighted to be part of the royal celebrations held at Northwood House.
People visiting the colourful stand talked with the Equals IW team and read displays about
A good number of people visited the sand throughout the afternoon.
Visitors were offered the chance to buy or make their own Butterfly Feeder. This was popular with children and adults. A good range of beautiful designs were painted on wooden flower heads. The team of four Equals IW friends were kept busy all afternoon.
Pictures from the day
It was a lovely happy atmosphere, what better way to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty the Queen's time on the throne?
Thank you for the generous funding from Cowes Town Council and the various local organisations for organising the day.
Photos to follow..
The June Green Time Walk is taking place at the Eastern Yar Valley on
However car parking is free in the surrounding roads of Station Avenue, Melville, Nunwell, Leed Street, Hill Street and Grove Road.
The walk is a seven and a half mile trip typically 16,000 steps and 700 K calories.
The gentle walk leaves the car park to explore Sandown Community Orchard. Then it joins the dismantled railway line alongside the Eastern Yar River on the Red Squirrel Trail. We will then leave the river at Alverstone Village to explore the rich habitats of Newchurch Moors Nature Reserve and mixed woodland of Martin’s Wood Nature Reserve. We will head back through Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve to view and listen to the visiting kingfishers, herons, great and blue tits. We will then walk through the raised walkway just beneath a canopy of surrounding trees looking out for red squirrels. From there we return back to Sandown railway station.
Please wear either walking shoes or boots and clothing suitable to the weather. It is a good idea to bring sun-cream, plenty of drinks and some snack refreshments.
This walk is open to children accompanied by parents, young people and adults, with no upper age limit. Dogs are also very welcome.
Green Time Walk Your Way To Health - The Natural Way to Good Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Heath
The second walk took place on Saturday 21st May 2022 with a three and a half mile round trip with 7,960 steps achieved and 341 K calories burnt.
The group enjoyed a gentle walk across Brading Down to view Sandown and Shanklin Bay and the Arreton Valley. They crossed over the main road to walk along Nunwell Down and view the Solent. Heading through a copse group members were able to stop and watch a red squirrel in the trees.
The Seek Nature App was used throughout the walk to identify and learn about the plants and flowers discovered along the route.
Brading Down is one of the Island’s most popular sites for recreation, picnicking and wildlife watching. It offers panoramic views, a wealth of habitats to explore and opportunities for everyone to enjoy the countryside. It lies at the eastern end of the Island’s iconic central chalk ridge and is within the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Brading Down Local Nature Reserve extends both sides of the main road running along the ridge, and the views both ways are equally stunning. The reserve is worth a visit to see chalk downland flowers, butterflies and birds of prey. Bulleys Quarry is a peaceful retreat to have a barbecue away from the crowds.
We were joined by members of the Asian Group UK who were visiting the island from the mainland, as well as Rachael Ardley who is the IW Gift to Nature Engagement Officer.
Rachael is developing reasons for visiting the great outdoors including outdoor events, activities and trails at the Gift to Nature sites. She enjoyed meeting everyone and is keen to join future walks and to develop working with the Green Time programme.
Pictures from the day
Natural Enterprise is an Island-based charity delivering a range of activities to support the local rural economy and natural environment. It includes the Gift to Nature initiative. Gift to Nature maintains about 30 green spaces around the Isle of Wight, caring for the Island’s wildlife while encouraging people to explore our wonderful countryside.
Green Time walks have visited Gift to Nature Sites and the walk next month also visits one of their sites.
The Cowes community is getting together for a giant "Picnic in the Park" to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Equals IW is delighted to be part of the royal celebrations being held at Northwood House and Park between
Come along and visit the stand and join in the dancing sessions with the Friendship Group for Women.
You can also make your own butterfly feeder for £2.00 with more to see on the stand.
What better way to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty the Queen's time on the throne.
Thanks to generous funding from Cowes Town Council and various local organisations.