The Plantation will be in the field to the north of the Villa, linking to the boundary hedge at one end and to the Wild Meadow at the other end, with the Adgestone road to the north and the replica Roman Garden on the south side.
Whilst there is an entrance charge to visit the Roman Villa Museum, all of the outdoor areas are free from any charges and this free access to the grounds will continue as a service to visitors and the Island residents. The existing areas are used extensively by families and parties of walkers, as there is a public right of way that runs adjacent to the boundary hedge.
The Villa is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a major attraction for Islanders and tourists who visit the Museum, use the onsite café, shop and grounds.
A number of IOW charities and volunteers involved in areas such as education and Red Squirrel conservation will be involved in the Plantation Project. It is hoped that schools will have an on-going involvement with the landscape project as a whole. The charity “Care in the Garden” a gardening organisation involved in, training and employing disabled people in different aspects of gardening is to be involved in the planting and on-going maintenance of the plantation.
Trees and services will be purchased (where possible) from IOW sources.
Plan of Cobb Nut Plantation
Chairman: Friends of Brading Roman Villa