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.

Rare plant register for Nottinghamshire

NewsPosted by liz Sun, November 17, 2013 15:42:39

Edmund our secretary has forwarded this:-

Please find below a link to the newly created rare plant register for Nottinghamshire, available on the Botanical Society for the British Isles website. This is an important piece of work to support conservation efforts in the county and for anyone interested in Nature Conservation it is well worth a look.

The publication can be utilised for research and education purposes but for commercial use you should approach the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre.

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Tree survey cancelled!!

NewsPosted by liz Thu, August 08, 2013 08:45:35
We had a Tree Health Survey training session advertised in our newsletter as being this coming Sunday - 11th August - I'm afraid it has had to be cancelled and will be re-arranged for a later date.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Colwick Cheese

NewsPosted by liz Wed, August 07, 2013 00:56:03
Can you remember Colwick cheese?

Fresh One Productions are currently producing a food series for

Channel 4 which is looking into forgotten foods.

We will be filming in Nottingham on 15th/16th of August.

The aim is to revive classic British food and drinks that have, for one

reason or another, disappeared from the public consciousness and

champion great local food and drink in the process.

One of the products that we are featuring is Colwick cheese, a fresh

cheese produced locally to Nottingham.

Do you remember Colwick cheese?

Did you ever make it?

Do you remember family stories about making Colwick?

Did you eat Colwick as a child?

We are looking to hear from anyone who remembers Colwick cheese

so if you do have any stories please get in touch with or call 0203 375 5180

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Hedgehog Street

NewsPosted by liz Tue, February 05, 2013 13:39:30
Edmund, found this, its all about hedgehogs and is an interesting read:-

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Appeal - Hedgehogs

NewsPosted by liz Tue, November 13, 2012 11:11:15

There seems to be a general decline in the hedgehog population. A recent report shows numbers have dropped by 25% in the last ten years.

If you know you have a hedgehog visitor, make sure you don't use slug pellets and be careful to check bonfires before lighting to make sure a hedgehog is not hibernating in there.

Many people think that giving them bread and milk is good for them, but in fact, it is very bad for them and can make them ill. Tinned dog food or non-fishy cat food and a bowl of water is much better.

Here is a link showing how to encourage and look after any hedgehogs you find in your garden, they are a gardener's friend, eating beetles and caterpillars -

If you find one in difficulty, here is a link to a site which tells you what to do in an emergency:-

The nearest wildlife hospital, if you do find one that needs help, is Weirfield Wildlife hospital, Lincoln 01522 530428. If you contact the RSPCA, they can arrange to pick up and take them there.

We would like to know if anyone has seen any hedgehogs in the Bakersfield, Colwick Woods or Sneinton areas.

If you have, please could you contact one of the following:-

Secretary, Edmund Hopkins on (0115) 8764054
or e-mail to

Chairman, Richard Brown on (0115) 9614340

Angela at Angela's Creations on Greenwood Road.



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NewsPosted by liz Tue, November 13, 2012 10:59:33


Now that Ash Dieback disease has been found in the wider countryside, experts expect it to have a similar impact here to the devastation caused across Europe.

Guidance on disease recognition and what to do if you think you have spotted it can be found at The most obvious symptom is blackened withered shoots amongst otherwise healthy foliage in summer. Please contact Edmund Hopkins (8764054) or Richard Brown (9614340) directly if you think you have seen it in Colwick Woods. We will of course be monitoring the woods closely as the situation develops.

Ash is a very common tree in the East Midlands and widely planted throughout the city. It is not the principal tree in Colwick woods but is frequent throughout and we have some notable specimens.

Many members will remember Dutch Elm Disease from the 1970’s and the extensive felling that took place in the woods at that time. We expect a similar impact as Chalara takes a hold. Equally it must be stressed that the woods themselves will survive, and who now would recognise the loss of all those Elms?

We can blame the arrival of Chalara in the UK on globalisation compounded by other factors, but catastrophic change has always been part of ecology. Around 5% of European Ash have demonstrated disease resistance and a similar percentage here will form the basis for a new population over time.

What about replanting?

Colwick Woods comprises a wide range of species including Oak, Beech, Poplar, Sycamore, Cherry, Yew, Field maple, Hazel, and small numbers of planted trees such as Birch, Sweet chestnut and Lime. We should remember that Chalara was in part introduced into the UK on infected planting stock and be very cautious about rushing to fill gaps with new planting.

There are plenty of species in the woods ready and able to expand their range as opportunity arises and we are lucky that this variety of trees gives Colwick Woods the resilience and the ability to adapt.

Written by Edmund Hopkins

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New Gallery Created

NewsPosted by vanessa Sun, February 05, 2012 19:31:48

We have created an online gallery for our friends and members can share pictures.

Click here to view.

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