Projects: Willow Walk

The Willow Walk was created as our living Field Studies Guide, to integrate and celebrate the diverse environments that exist in Sandown Bay; the historic plants that once gave colour to ancient dunes and an exploration of Sandown’s military past involving the Pluto Pipeline that was hidden here. It was created with our partners the Coastal Community Team and a handful of volunteers.

To complement this walk, a virtual story was produced to explain the features of interest and support engagement with the trail. Check it out here


Willow Walk & Reedbed Walk

This short trail is a new addition to the area, carved out by volunteers in 2017 to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of this natural environment.

The trail now reveals a range of willows and other tree species, different fungi, abundance of plants and a significant buzz of wildlife.

The path follows through the woodland to a reed environment that is surrounded by ponds, exposing more diverse species that reside in this short walk.


Lost Duver Meadow

The Artecology and Arc team’s not-for-profit The Common Space is recreating a patchwork of coastal duver flora, the Lost Duver project.  With the help of volunteers, a meadow of ragged robin, southern marsh orchids and more are taking hold.  Like the Willow Walk, this part of Sandown’s newest nature reserve is designed as a living guide to coastal flora; a one-stop shop window for visitors and local residents to encounter the whole range of plants they may discover dispersed around the Bay.

The Pavilion and PLUTO

The walk also incorporates an opportunity to explore the Brown’s Pavilion. This abandoned building played a part in the PipeLine Under The Ocean operation during World War Two.  The Bay played a crucial role in the D-Day landings, hiding the generators and pumps said to have supplied 172 million gallons of fuel to Allied forces in Normandy. The PLUTO story has brought a whole host of new visitors to the area.

To complement this walk and virtual story was produced to aid the explanation of features of interest and increase engagement with the trail. Check it out below!

The Willow Walk Story Map