Friends of Colwickwoods

Friends of Colwickwoods

About Us

Friends of Colwick Woods volunteer group was formed by local residents in April 2004. We work closely with Nottingham City Council. The aim of the group is to protect, enhance and promote Colwick Woods as an important local resource for the benefit of the community and its natural habitat.

Stargazing 4th March

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.


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Tesco bags of help

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.

Project summary:

Unblocking 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 Castle gallery

There is 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.

The voting will take place from FEB 1st to Feb 25th in the following Tesco stores.


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.

Thank you.


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EventsPosted by liz Wed, January 25, 2017 13:58:02


TO BE HELD 6.30 pm Monday 6th February at the Bakersfield and Neighbourhood Community Association (BANCA) 312 Sneinton Dale

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 do.

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 Meeting.


1. Reports and statements of account for 2016

2. Election of officers to the organising committee

3. Minutes and matters arising

4. Any other business

5. Date 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

Informal enquiries about the election of officers should be made to the Chair, Richard Brown, telephone 9614340 (mobile 07758050825)

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Cot Death Memorial Plantation

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)

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Ancient trees Lecture

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 823202

£5 per person includes tea and coffee on arrival.

Not suitable for under 16’s

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Bat lecture

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 recommended.

Places are limited so you need to pre-book on 01623 823202.

£5 per person including refreshments – not suitable for under 16’s.

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A letter to The Friends Of Colwick Woods by Gerry Tacey

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 do care.

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 long.


Gerry (Ged) Tacey.


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Nottinghamshire mammals website.

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 !

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