Points of Interest

COLWICK CUTTING - Colwick Cutting is the only Geological SSSI within Nottingham City Council boundary.
This site is the type section of the Triassic Colwick Formation, a major rock unit comprising mudstones, siltstones and thin sandstone arranged in coarsening-upwards units. A variety of sedimentary structures including ripple marks, wavy bedding, halite pseudomorphs and abundant desiccation cracks are seen.

The facies probably represents marine intertidal conditions an environmental interpretation consistent with the discovery of the brachiopod Lingula elsewhere in the formation. The age of the formation is probably Anisian-Ladinian and it can be correlated with other 'Waterstones' facies in the English Midland.

THE ICE HOUSE - Currently not accessible for safety reasons.
The remains of the Ice House are hidden at the moment by overgrown shrubbery. The brickwork below ground is in reasonable condition but the "roof" has completely disappeared. We believe the roof was of a dome shape brick construction spanning 3 1/2 metre. This supposition was deduced from an inwards slopping layer of brick work around the perimeter. We are continuing our research into the original structure and are progressing slowly but hope eventually to recreate this piece of history.

Photograph taken in 2007 by Mr J Davies

Photo taken in 1986 by Mr. J.Woolrich

Photograph taken in 2007 by Mr J Davies

From research carried out by Friends of Colwick Woods group, and as seen in the photograph taken by Mr Alfred Woolrich in 1986 and recent photographs by Mr John Davies in 2007, we can see the inward slope of the now top layer of brickwork which leads us to believe the roof of the Ice House was of a dome construction. The entrance can be seen in the 1986 photo where a section of brickwork approximately 1 metre wide is missing. From measurements taken of the circular brick structure the diameter is 3.5 metre. We have as yet to determine the depth of the structure, as only 1.5 metre of brickwork can be seen below ground level. The remainder is currently filled with soil and rubble (possibly the remnants of the collapsed roof). There is also a pipe which we believe extends from the base of the Ice House to a gulley, which allowed drainage of the melted ice.We believe the Ice House was constructed in the then grounds of Colwick Hall Estate, of which Colwick Woods was part. Research is still ongoing.

Drawings: Interpretation of
Ice House from information
available - James Lumb

Drawings: Interpretation of Ice House from
information available - James Lumb

Cross section and plan view of site

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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.
Find out how more here

AGM 2017!

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

Sunday Feb 17th 2018
Star Gazing Live


Sunday July 1st 12pm - 4pm
Summer Gala 2018

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THE GALA We are looking for some volunteers, with a bit of time to spare not only to help us earlier in the day but also to help us with some new stalls we have planned, mainly children's games but also other stalls as well.
This will help us raise some money to do some of the jobs we have planned - restoring the ice house, improving paths etc. You won't need to give us your time all day, we want you to enjoy the gala too, but even an odd hour or two would help so we can perhaps plan a timetable of help. It would be much appreciated.
Please can you get in touch with Liz - 07721912382 or message us on facebook - Friends of Colwick Woods, if you can help.