Update regarding Coronavirus

The wellbeing of our members and supporters is paramount therefore, in line with the new Government guidelines, the committee of Friends of Colwick Woods have taken the decision to pause all Friends activity which involves membership contact until the end of June.

Sadly, this will include our meeting on 14th April at BANCA.

We were going to ask members at the next meeting for their idea, thoughts and suggestions for Colwick Woods, and so as an alternative to face-to-face we now encourage their view via email to membership@friendsofcolwickwoods.co.uk.

We will update our Facebook page and our website, and will email those members who have provided us with an email address, with further information as and when the situation becomes clearer.

Work Parties in the Woods

Please note that all work parties in the Woods have been cancelled.

Any work that is being carried out is not authorised by the Friends of Colwick Woods and therefore is not covered under our insurance policy.

If anyone asks you to join them working in the Woods, then please understand that this will be at your own risk. The Friends will not be responsible for any accidents or injuries.

About Colwick Woods

Colwick Woods is a 50 Hectare site consisting of grasslands and ancient woodland that has a rich history and is situated within the Nottingham City boundary.

The Friends of Colwick Woods is a volunteer group whose aim is to protect & improve the woods for the Local Community. It works with the Nottingham City Council as well as other Community & Volunteer Groups.

Colwick Woods was designated as a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1995 and listed as a Local Nature Reserve in 2004. This site is particularly suitable for walking with a number of well maintained public rights of way paths spanning the woods. Colwick Woods also offers some panoramic views of the Trent Valley – as far as Belvoir Castle – and across the City.

The centre of the site is dominated by a former golf course, which is now managed as a playing field and wildflower meadow. The diverse ancient woodlands are characterised by ash, elm, oak, field maple and beech, with dog’s mercury and ivy dominating the ground.


The woods are home to many beetles, including a rare leaf beetle. Colwick Woods is also rich in mammal species including the pipistrelle and noctule bats.

Historians believe that this site has been woodland since the early 1600’s, possibly longer, but is typical of those found along the steep land bounding the Trent Flood Plain in parts of the site. In addition parts of the woodland have also been closely associated with Colwick Hall as identified by an old Ice House found on the site.

Spotted anything?

If you have seen any unusual plants, insects, birds or animals in the woods, please email webadmin@friendsofcolwickwoods.co.uk


Don’t forget our Facebook page where we also post our news and events!

Photo Gallery

Have a look at our photo gallery. Please note that this is a separate site to our website and can be reached by typing albums.friendsofcolwickwoods.co.uk into your browser’s address bar.

Butterfly Gardens

A young lady called Sarah found an interesting article on creating a butterfly garden which her teacher asked if we could share with our members.  Well done, Sarah!

Also, Happy DIY Home has a more extensive article: https://happydiyhome.com/how-to-start-a-butterfly-garden/

The links will open in a new tab on your browser.

Getting to the woods

BUS– Colwick Woods is located 2.5 km east of Nottingham City Centre). The woods stand on the northern slopes of the Trent Floodplain, adjacent to the Bakersfield area of Nottingham. NCT bus No. 43 (Red line) is the most convenient public transport to the woods.

The terminus for the No. 43 bus is on King Street, Nottingham. The No. 43 bus will stop on Greenwood Road, close to Harrogate Road for the central area.

The No. 44 (Red Line) bus from Nottingham will stop on Colwick Road near the railway crossing.

WALK– There are 6 main access points which are all Public Rights of Way: Greenwood Road on the north of the site offers 4 access points.

On the south of the site, Colwick Road to the west of Railway Crossing offers one access point. From Sneinton at the west of the site, access is from the top of Sneinton Boulevard adjacent to Nottingham Academy and the link path to Colwick Road.

CAR– Travel out of Nottingham City on Sneinton Road, onto Sneinton Dale, then turn right into Greenwood Road.

Continue along Greenwood Road for approximately 500 metre, and Colwick Woods is situated on the right.