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Inspirational Islanders: Carol Flux, Natural Enterprise

Following a career in travel and tourism, Carol studied for an Open University Degree in Environmental Studies before joining Natural Enterprise just over 20 years ago. She provides a vital role to the charity, which has a number of projects benefitting the rural economy and environment, including managing over 30 countryside sites, green spaces and nature reserves on the Isle of Wight.

“I was born and bred on the Isle of Wight so it’s in my blood. I like to be near the sea, and listen out to the foghorns on a foggy night. Work-wise, I am lucky to spend a lot of time on the Island’s rivers and streams, many of which are hidden gems.

The Isle of Wight has so many special places, it’s really tricky to pick just one! The Blacksmiths between Carisbrooke and Calbourne has lovely food, great service and brilliant views over Parkhurst Forest and Newtown Estuary. Go at sunset.

My favourite beach on the Island is Ryde Sands. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest and there is always something to see. When the tide goes out you can see for miles. I love it when the Sanderlings are visiting.

Shide Chalk Pit is my favourite place to go for a walk. It’s just 5 minutes from the centre of Newport, but very peaceful.

Every October the Isle of Wight Literary Festival hosts a diverse range of writers and presenters. Covering everything from crime fiction, history, travel, gardening, medicine and technology, it’s a real must-visit.

This is going to sound creepy, but if you only had an hour on the Island, I’d recommend a visit to Mount Joy Cemetery in Carisbrooke. It’s super in summer – full of wildflowers and with spectacular views to Newport and the Medina Estuary.”


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