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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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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11th Annual Gala

EventsPosted by liz Sat, May 16, 2015 01:26:36

Well plans are well underway for our 11th annual gala day. Put the date in your diary, Sunday 5th July 2015 - 12-4pm.

We have live music lined up as usual, belly dancers, archery, English Combat, White Tigers kick boxing, dog agility, face painting, stalls, refreshments and the dog show again. All aiming for a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy.

As well as our usual stalls, we have some newcomers attending, there is Rob Roy from Long Eaton who is England's oldest and largest wooden toy shop - The company has made and sold wooden toys for over 60 years. Robin will be demonstrating how he makes some of the toys.

We have face painting by Jay Thomas, delicious pies by Brockleby's from Asfordby in Leics, a speciality tea stall, Snail and Rabbit who have a shop in West Bridgford and also Chilli Fundamentals who do all sorts of things with chilli.

Jodie will be back again this year with her catering van doing donuts and pancakes as well as speciality coffees, we all missed her last year when she was missing due to her brother's badly timed wedding!!

The park ranger service have kindly said that this year they will do some guided walks through the woods for anyone interested.

We will also be doing our popular tombola where every ticket wins a prize.

Come along and learn about the history of Colwick Woods and the area.

Join our group, its only £2 for a single membership or £5 for a family.

See you there!! - Liz

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Do you know Gerald (Ged, Gerry) Tacey?

ChatPosted by liz Wed, March 04, 2015 00:07:32

Do you know Gerald (or Ged as he was known then) Tacey who lived on Greenwood Road from 1927 - 1953 and went to Jesse Boot school? If so, he would love to hear from you. He now lives in Australia and sent our secretary this lovely email. We have permission to give out his details as he hopes someone will make contact. Or perhaps if you don't know him, you may have an elderly relative who might remember him and would like to write to him if they don't use a computer? He is now 88 years young.

Dear Edmund,

Until I was 26 I lived on Greenwood Rd at number 133 (except for three years in the Royal Navy) and then I immigrated to Australia.
I have visited Nottingham and Colwick Woods on several occasions during the time I have lived here but it was not until JUNE last year
when I visited again that I became aware that there is a group of people who really care for it in a very practical way - not just in a sentimental way as I do.

Whilst we were there my daughter took a photograph of the 'Local Nature Reserve' sign and not until a couple of days ago when looking at photo I noticed that you have a web-site . . . . so I logged on and was delighted to see the photos thereon of people enjoying what appears to be a gala day. Everyone appears be enjoying the occasion and I thought to myself ' I wonder if - if any of those people would remember me'?

I am now 88 so they would have to have a little grey hair by now - like me. Perhaps the Friends of Colwick Woods has a news letter in which you could publish this note and I could than wait in anticipation of there being someone who might care to respond . . . . .

During my school days - at Sir Jesse Boot up the road, I was known as GERALD ( GED) TACEY
then when I began work I was called Gerry as is the case now.

My address is 45A NEWRY ST
PERTH 6014


With kind regards

Gerry Tacey

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View from The East project

NewsPosted by liz Mon, March 02, 2015 16:40:46
Ordinary Culture project View from the East wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Today, Ordinary Culture has received £25,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, View from the East in Colwick Woods, Nottingham. Delivered by Ordinary Culture in partnership with the Friends of Colwick Woods and Nottingham City Council, the project focuses on the fascinating heritage of the woods.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book and originally part of the Colwick Hall Estate, Colwick Woods is an urban green space steeped in history, which has, until now, gone largely unexplored. Through extensive research, community visits to archives and museum collections, the gathering of oral histories, on-site talks and workshops with local experts and an exciting programme of learning activities for families and young people, View from the East will offer new and dynamic ways for the local community to engage with the heritage of Colwick Woods. The project will provide training in conservation and gathering oral histories for members of local community groups and will deliver enhanced on-site interpretation, providing historical information for visitors to the woods.

Ordinary Culture is a Nottingham based organisation, which works with local community groups to deliver heritage and arts projects in settings where cultural and environmental heritage is under-investigated. Commenting on the award, Ordinary Culture co-director Aaron Juneau said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will encourage more people to visit Colwick Woods and to engage with this rich area of local history.”

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