Nottingham City Council, in conjunction with Age UK, have produced a lovely illustrated pamphlet of a four mile (two hours) walks from Green’s Windmill to Colwick Woods and back.
Why not give it a try sometime?
One of our members is currently working on a short film project that focuses on the ancient woodland of Colwick woods. For this project they will be shooting footage of the flora and fauna of the woods, but they are asking if people have any footage of the following, could they send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to help bring the film together. Any footage shot on camera or smartphone at Colwick woods would be suitable, and preferably in landscape mode.
The woodland in general
Small mammals including:
ALSO any information on the whereabouts of the following plant species in relation to Colwick woods would also be extremely helpful. Please send information about locations to email@example.com
If you would like to be involved in anyway shape or form or would like to know more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucy Davies wrote an article entitled “12 artworks that capture the beauty of the British countryside” in the Sunday Telegraph Arts section on 21 June 2020.
It mentioned Jan Siberecht’s View of Nottingham from the East (1695) which was painted from a position in Colwick Woods.
The painting is in Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery (which is closed while it is being refurbished).
This week (28 June), Steve Wright of Nottingham provided more information:
Groups of six can meet outdoors from Monday
Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces. The evidence shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors and this step will mean that people can see more of their friends, family and loved ones. However, it is very important that social distancing is still adhered to and that people from different households continue to stay two metres apart. Many of us will welcome this change and even though social distancing within groups of family and friends will seem very strange at first, it is vitally important that we adhere to the Government guidelines to stop a second wave of the virus in Nottingham.
The police will continue to take the approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging individuals to follow the law. Where people do not follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce these requirements as a last resort
Like you, we’ve found these past few weeks incredibly challenging. We have all been worried about the health and welfare of our family, friends and our communities during this difficult time.
But with birdsong seemingly louder than it has ever been, we hope nature has been as great a source of comfort and interest for you as it has been for all of us at the Friends of Colwick Woods.
With that in mind, we’re sure many of you will have listened to last weekend’s government announcement and thought about when you might next head out into nature as our lockdown restrictions are gradually eased.
For your information, we are posting the latest advice from Nottingham City Council:
The latest Government advice is that, as well as exercise, people can now spend more time outdoors as long as they do not meet up with more than one person from a different household. Please remember that the social distancing guidelines are still very much in place and people should remain two metres away from each other unless they live together.
Working within the social distancing limitations has required a different approach from us in the delivery of many of our services. Parks are an area that we have had to adapt to keep the public and our staff safe and to ensure we have an agile workforce that can focus on priority services, such as bin collections. During this time we have reduced the frequency of grass mowing, meaning our parks and roadside verges may look a little different – but this is providing improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. Before the lockdown we were committed to ‘Ensure bee friendly habitats in every neighbourhood’ and we are currently identifying many locations in Nottingham where reduced mowing could become an ongoing part of our green spaces maintenance. At the moment we are seeing more wildflowers and the pollinating insects which is great for the city’s green spaces, our gardens and allotments. Less mowing also reduces our carbon emissions, contributing towards our carbon neutral target.
We are aware that an individual is carrying out work in the Woods and encouraging other people to join him.
As we have already announced, the Friends of Colwick Woods do not support the activities of volunteer working parties in the Woods during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with the views of other community groups and, more importantly, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, both of whom have cancelled volunteer work parties on their properties.
The FoCW committee have decided that in the current situation with COVID-19 and all the restrictions, limitations that are in place and are liable to still be in place for the foreseeable future, to place all membership renewals on hold.
Once we have a clear indication as to when we will be able to enjoy fully the Woods together with friends and family then we will restart memberships from that point. If you have already paid your fees for 2020 then your membership period will be extended, month for month, once the lockdown has finished. Thus, if the lockdown lasts for three months, then your membership period will be extended by three months.
In the interim we hope that you and your families are safe and well and managing to keep up with the current limitations on life, especially social life.
We hope to see you all again soon enjoying the Woods as you have always done.