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)
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 !
NewsPosted by Tim Wed, May 06, 2015 08:13:26
Please note that the correct link to the 28 document planning application submitted by Nottingham Academy is below.
My apologies for the previous link being incorrect, for some reason it got cut during insertion into the blog post.
NewsPosted by Tim Tue, May 05, 2015 17:45:47
Potential threat to Green Belt, Colwick Woods local nature reserve and public access.
A planning application has been submitted by Nottingham Academy for a year 7 base building and associated works and car park following the demolition of the existing Greenwood Tree public house, Greenwood Road. We are considering the impact to the nature reserve !
Anyone wishing to pass their own comments / join in with our response or would simply like to be kept informed then please send us your contact email or other contact details.
The twenty eight documents which include the proposed site plans can be found at link provided here.
Please send your comments or your contact details to.......
ChatPosted by Tim Sat, February 21, 2015 11:35:52
I expect that most people who know Colwick and
Sneinton see the reddish brown cliff face along side the loop roop road
/ Rail way line quite often, know locally as Colwick Cutting.
Locals at one time used to call the cliffs "Deadmans drop",
some maybe still do ? As far as the Geologists are concerned this is
the oldest and deepest sedimentary rock formation East of Nottingham.
Known to them as the "Sneinton formation" a 10-20 metre thick reddish
brown layer of inter-bedded sandstone, siltstone and mudstone from the
middle and upper Triassic period, about 200 million years ago !!
Below these mudstone cliffs is a bed of sandstone which can be seen in
various places around the city, the obvious is Nottingham Castle. So
there we have it, the Sneinton formation is Mercia Mudstone dating back
some 200 Million years, if only trees and rocks could talk, what a story
they would tell !!!
ChatPosted by Tim Sat, February 14, 2015 10:19:21
I wonder how many folk have been wondering
around Colwick Woods and come across a brick lined hole in the ground ?
If you have and your not in the know then you'd sure be wondering about
its purpose and coming up with all kinds of mental images,
from a Well to gun emplacement. Here's the truth, that brick lined hole
in the ground used to be an "Ice House", some would even ask, Ice House
? An Ice House is simply a building that was used to store Ice, so
during the winter that brick pit would have been filled with Snow and
ice then have straw or sawdust packed on top to insulate it. Over the
pit would have been a domed brick structure to protect the ice from the
heat of the day. That way it was quite possible for the ice to remain in
the pit for months. This produced cold storage for food items or
anything else you wanted to preserve or keep cold for any length of
time. The Ice House was at one time the cold storage facility for
Colwick Hall, so now you know what some people had before refrigerators
!!!! Ice houses were introduced in the UK around 1660. there is a
photograph in our GALLERY showing what we think our Ice house would have been
like............ The picture is a Cutaway illustration.
NewsPosted by Tim Tue, February 03, 2015 13:50:11
We now have a page on FaceBook so please look us up and "Like" to follow.
This is a great way of keeping track of what news, events, work group activity will be happening though out the year, it will also give members a quick and direct route of communications with each other and the organizers of such event's. We're always looking for volunteers to help with things so if your presently a member, or a prospective member then keep an eye on facebook and join in. Here's a quick link to our page.........