Welcome addition to Ventnor gateway

We love the tropical improvements to the entrance to Ventnor at Smuggler’s Haven.

Palm Trees:

If you’ve travelled from Shanklin to Ventnor in the last week, you might’ve noticed a new addition on the roadside by Smuggler’s Haven car park.

Standing proudly beside the ‘Welcome to Ventnor’ signage are two beautiful palm trees.

Gateway improvements
They are the first stage from an initiative by the Ventnor Town Council to improve the gateways to Ventnor. The project will see improvements to one gateway per year (there are four in total).

The palm trees, although only recently planted (due to previously unsuitable weather conditions), were funded from last year’s allocation, so we can expect another Ventnor gateway to see improvements later this year.

Half of the cost for the improvements was covered by the Ventnor Town Council and the other half came from a grant from the Isle of Wight council’s Economic Improvement Fund.

The palm trees were purchased from the Ventnor Botanic Garden.

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Friday, 10th May, 2013 2:41pm


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Mike Vallender
This looks a good improvement and is welcomed in that way, but is another step in making the islands verges and other green spaces look like the outback of warmer climates. I believe it would have been better to plant some our more native trees such as Apple, Field maple, Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc, which would have a long life and the additional benefits of blossom, fruit, wildlife… Read more »
Mike Vallender
Further to my initial comment, I would just like to ask a question/ The island is known as an AONB site, which presumably means using native species and habitats for the benefits of all. How does the use of plants such as these Trachycarpus fortuneii follow that designation ? The natural wildlife corridor of the hedgerows in the area are best used as the example for what… Read more »
I suppose I have presumed these ‘exotic’ specimens are not in such numbers as to adversely affect native vegetation on the Island, whcih I agree is vital to attract and maintain associated wildlife, as well as giving us the benefit of fruits, blossom and aesthetic experience generally. Are you saying that the threat is bigger than we realise? There are probably a lot of other examples that… Read more »
Mike Vallender
Hi tryme I am not saying their is a threat and I agree with your other comment about plants that are used in peoples gardens. The point I make is that AONB gives us the status of using native plants for the benefit of our wildlife, countryside areas etc, and as I said previously that is benefit for the community, our native wildlife, habitats, seasonal changes and… Read more »
I agree with all you say! I suppose I am thinking that the photo at the top of this page looks very striking and pretty to me. Given that Ventnor apparently has ony 4 gateways, are you saying that even these specimens at those places, need to be banned in order to make your wider points? That though small in number they are a ‘bad influence’? I… Read more »
Mike Vallender
I accept it looks striking and pretty, It also looks like like a half cut verge, that no in is sure how best to deal with, when you consider the balance between chippings and grass :-) This verge / parking area is on the edge of countryside, and this one probably is best treated as part of the countryside. As for the others they might be in… Read more »

Your typing went a bit awry in the second line, so I can’t address that point. But as regards assessing each site, does the above photo look like part of a wildlife corridor? If it’s as isolated as it looks, maybe it’s appropriate planting?

Mike Vallender
Thanks for pointing out any typing error. If this is the area by The Landslip, which I believe it is, there is a distinct break between the landslip gardens and cafe, and the hedging between Luccombe Farm / Dunnose Magna etc, and this is best suited to a natural planting of native species, and allows continuation through the seasons. If it was nearer the Bonchurch / Ventnor… Read more »

That’s interesting and enlightening, thanks.

(Btw, we all make typing errors, and mostly one can figure it out anyway. It’s just that in this case I couldn’t, and was sorry not to be able to respond to your point and didn’t want you to think I’d ignored it. I wasn’t being sarcastic.)

Mike Vallender

No need to say that at the end but thanks for letting me know.