EventsPosted by liz Thu, February 02, 2017 16:04:35
Come and join us for an evening with the stars!!
We are again hosting a stargazing event at the Old Bowling Green on Greenwood Road (opposite the Academy). NG3 7EB. 5pm - 9pm
Our friends from the Nottingham Astronomical Society will be bringing their telescopes so everyone will have a chance at looking at the night sky.
If you have your own telescope, you can bring that along too and if you don't know how to set it up, the astronomers will be there to help you.
Admission is free, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.
There will be light refreshments, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soups etc available for a small charge and a tombola.
More details and a poster are on the front page of the website.
Hope to see you there.
NewsPosted by liz Thu, February 02, 2017 15:53:50
Tesco bags of help
We would like your help please, we have been successful in
getting voting boxes in Tesco stores for their ‘Bags of help’ scheme. Depending on the public vote, we will get
£1000, £2000 or £5000 towards our project.
and promoting access for able and disabled users to reach the historic
panoramic view of Nottingham as painted in 1695 by Siberechts hanging in the
no disabled access to this major view point at Colwick Woods. The main entrance
prevents access for wheelchairs to the existing but otherwise isolated disabled
access route. This spectacular amenity is under used by the people of Sneinton,
Bakersfield and Carlton because of this access obstruction.
voting will take place from FEB 1st to Feb 25th in the
following Tesco stores.
CHILWELL NOTTNGHM EXP NG9 6DP
LONG EATON EXPRESS NG10 3RJ
NOTTINGHAM CARLTON NG4 1EB
TOTON EXTRA NG9 6EX
TOTON EXTRA NG9 6EX
RADCLIFFE ON TRENT EXP NG12 2FD
CARLTON HILL NOTT EXP NG4 1GP
NOTTINGHAM BSTN EXTRA NG9 2WJ
NOTTINGHAM BSTN EXTRA NG9 2WJ
CLIFTON LANE EXP NG11 8NA
NOTTINGHAM CMPTON EXP NG2 7RS
NOTTINGHM OAKDAL EXP NG3 7EF
When you make a purchase, you should be given a token to put in a
voting box in store, any purchase will qualify, you DO NOT have to purchase a bag to get one.
Please can we ask that you vote for us?
If you are not given a token, please ask.
EventsPosted by liz Wed, January 25, 2017 13:58:02
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL
MEETING (AGM) 2017
TO BE HELD 6.30 pm Monday 6th
February at the Bakersfield and Neighbourhood Community Association (BANCA) 312
The Friends group celebrates 13 years of
action this year. We will continue our campaigns to protect the woods and get
site improvements . We will of course continue to do practical conservation
work and hold events to bring people onto this wonderful place. This is your
chance to choose your committee and influence how the group works and what we
Can I remind you we meet once a month at
BANCA, 312 Sneinton Dale, on the first Monday of the month at 7.00 pm. We are
always glad to see new faces so do come along and hear what we’re up to, or
join us for a work session. A well supported Membership is vital to us and
everything we do so please keep paying your subscription when it falls due. For
less than the cost of a pint of beer your subscription will keep you in touch
with what we do on behalf of the woods and the community, good value we hope,
even in hard times!
This year the Group has 2 officer
vacancies, for Secretary, and Membership Secretary for which we know we have no
applicants at this time so please think if you could help. Please contact us to
find out more about what is involved in any post. All officer posts must be
reelected every year. Any member that wishes to put themselves forward for a
position should contact the secretary at least 3 days before this Annual General
and statements of account for 2016
of officers to the organising committee
and matters arising
of next annual general meeting
Items of business must be notified in writing to the
secretary, Edmund Hopkins, at least 3 days before the AGM. Correspondence
address 13 Avondale Road, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1AE, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Informal enquiries about the election of officers
should be made to the Chair, Richard Brown, telephone 9614340 (mobile
ChatPosted by Tim Mon, July 13, 2015 12:06:24
The unexplained death of very young infants, now known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is far less frequent now than it was a hundred years ago. In Victorian times and into the Twentieth Century some families will have buried their dead infants not in a churchyard or cemetery but in some well loved local place. This was and is perfectly legal following a registration of a death, subject to certain requirements.
The Friends of Colwick Woods is currently researching the history of our own Cot Death Memorial Plantation, about which very little is known. If any reader can help us with this then please make contact.
The Plantation covers around a third of an acre of land on the far western edge of the nature reserve, running from the former Inn on the Hill (Ma Hubbard’s) up to the north western corner of the covered reservoir. It is now a dense impenetrable thicket of trees and shrubs which have established very successfully over the last twenty five years. There is a range of native trees and shrub species, including some that are not commonly found elsewhere in the woods, such as Geulder Rose (Viburnum opulus) and Hazel. The Plantation has become an important refuge for wildlife.
We know of only one burial in this part of the woods, and that was before the Second World War. It seems unlikely that the Cot Death Society (which no longer exists) would have dedicated such a large planting scheme to a single death more than thirty years before, and we think there may be a great deal of secret history to uncover. Long before the Bakersfield estate was built people from the overcrowded Victorian terraces around Sneinton Boulevard will have been just a short walk up the hill from what is now our Cot Death Memorial plantation.
The tallest trees now rising above the general canopy are Poplars. As with all young plantations this would benefit from some active management to help the trees grow better. We would also like to start coppicing the Hazel. Coppicing is a traditional technique that brings sunlight to the woodland floor, benefiting wildlife.
By Edmund Hopkins (FCW Secretary)
EventsPosted by liz Thu, July 09, 2015 00:35:31
Another of the Sherwood Forest Park lectures is entitled:-
Ancient Trees and their place in our cultural history.
This is on Saturday 18th July 1pm-4pm (approx) and Sunday 19th July 11am-2pm (approx).
This is a rare opportunity to join Ted Green, one of the
country’s leading Ancient Tree Specialists as he brings the history and culture
of Sherwood’s ancient trees to life in one of the last remaining wood pastures
and hunting forests in Europe.
Places are limited so pre-booking is essential on 01623
£5 per person includes tea and coffee on arrival.
Not suitable for under 16’s
EventsPosted by liz Thu, July 09, 2015 00:25:09
There is going to be a series of lectures at Sherwood Forest
Country park if anyone is interested in going.
The Bats of Sherwood Forest is on Tuesday 21st July 7.30-10.30 pm (approx).
The evening’s program is designed to enable you to learn and
interact with these wonderful creatures on several levels.
It starts with a presentation by Bob Cornish, a bat
rehabilitator who with his wife, runs a small bat hospital in Gainsborough
Some of the myths that still surround bats will be examined,
how vital they are on a global basis and finish by looking at some of the
species that can be found in this country.
Then there will be refreshments and the chance to meet a
live Pipistrelle bat and ask questions.
The evening will be rounded off with a walk in the woods
with bat detectors, weather permitting.
You need to take a low powered torch and insect repellent is
Places are limited so you need to pre-book on 01623 823202.
£5 per person including refreshments – not suitable for
ChatPosted by Tim Fri, May 29, 2015 18:24:39
To the ' Friends of
Colwick Woods '
I lived on Greenwood
Road – at number 133 – from the age of 7 years until I was 24
when I migrated to Australia. I have lived a happy and contented life
here – married, raised three children and have four grandchildren
and have been extremely fortunate in my working life here. So
fortunate in fact that in all the 65 years since I settled in
Australia I have been able to visit Nottingham many, many times and
when I visited again a couple of years ago I was delighted to find
that 'the woods' as I recall we referred to them are now in the hands
of a group of 'carers' who, from what I read on their website really
I went to school at
the Jessie Boot primary school just up the road there and then when I
was eleven had to move to the Sneinton Boulevard Senior Boys School.
That was a bit of a wrench but on the days when one had to set off
for school the prospect was lightened by the fact that one could get
to the 'big' school by enjoying a fun start to the day by going
through what we called 'Round Wood'. One could risk being
late for school – and having to endure a telling off by the head
master – by dawdling along looking at birds nests or perhaps
violets in the Spring and Summer and in the Autumn shuffling along
when the paths were covered in brown and gold leaves and then being
in trouble for arriving home with ones boots – yes boots –
covered in mud. I can still recall
some of the names of the families of the other children I went to
school with and who lived on the council estate across the road from
the 'woods' – amongst them being Brassington, Hintons, Hammonds,
Wicks, Richmonds, Eastons, Eastwoods, Bartles, Noaks, Marriots,
Greenfields, Lees, Bowers and so on. And I recall down in
the 'valley' to the east of round wood there was an old farm house
wherein lived an old couple who I imagine would have been associated
with the running/managing the farm for years before the Greenwood
Road estate was established. I recall the both as being very old –
very, very old. They weren't farming then but they had quite a large
garden running to the south from the house where they grew quite an
assortment of vegetables. I remember being sent by my mother down to
the cottage to buy a bag of potatoes from time to time. And I recall
going to the door of the house with trepidation because the old chap
with his long grey beard scared the life out of me. Backing on to this
cottage was a large shed which I remember as the council park-keepers
'office' and in which was stored various tools and equipment which
the park-keepers used for general maintenance around the woods. Also
kept in this shed were goal posts etc which the local 'football
clubs' had to cart up the hill to the south where at the top would be
marked out in a rough sort of way the football ground. The only
football ground I ever came across that had a dip in the middle where
the centre spot was. I don't recall who it was who organised it all
and rounded up a bunch of us lads as a soccer team but we played our
home games up there – and took the goal post down when we had
finished. On leaving school at
the age of 14 I started work at the boot and shoe makers shop which
was situated on the corner of Kirkdale Rd and Oakdale Rd and where I
worked until I was 17 when I went off to join the Royal Navy in 1943.
Yes, I have many
happy memories of fun in Colwick Woods both in the Summer and Winter
too and I wish all the 'Friends of Colwick Woods' good luck and
success in all your endeavours there.
I am now 89 years
old and I hope that I shall be able to make another visit before
Gerry (Ged) Tacey.
NewsPosted by Tim Mon, May 18, 2015 11:36:40
If you're active in the study or recording of animals or would simply like to get involved with it in some way then the superb new website Nottinghamshire Mammals is the place to start your recordings and sightings.
Here is a note taken from their website... A major aim of the website is to encourage the recording of all mammal
species in the county and to hopefully obtain enough information to
produce a county mammal atlas in the future. Information on how to
record is given on the mammal atlas page and whichever way you record
you will also be contributing to the National Mammal Atlas Project
organised by the Mammal Society
If you feel like you would like to get involved or would like more information the visit the website of their Facebook page.... links below.
Thank you !