About FoCW Committee

The committee of the Friends of Colwick Woods (FoCW) are elected each year and, for 2020, consist of 3 Vice Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary.

Mosquitos in the Woods

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT THE WOODS

We have received reports of mosquito bites while visiting the woods. 

We recommend you use mosquito repellent and mosquito proof clothing and avoid going into tall vegetation at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active. 

It’s been a challenge for our team and our work parties in the woods . Some people are genetically more susceptible to being bitten. Others don’t react badly for years and then something triggers them to react more.

There are lots of mosquitos around generally at the moment because of the heat, rain and humidity together. It’s something we can expect more of with global warming.

Also, the cold early spring may have reduced species that feed on mosquitos like bats, house martins, swifts, frogs and dragon flies.

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Easter Bunny Hunt

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We had a wonderful time on Easter Monday (April 22nd) hosting our first Easter Bunny Hunt. Over fifty people took part in our hunt around the woods for different animals.

Back at the bowling green pavilion, we had drinks and cakes on sale, Easter egg hunts around the green, and various games for all ages.

Here’s hoping we can do the same again next year!

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Cot Death Memorial Plantation

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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.

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A letter to the Friends of Colwick Woods by Gerry Tacey

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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 do care.

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 long.Regards

Gerry (Ged) Tacey.

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Nottinghamshire Mammals Website

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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.

http://www.nottsmammals.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/nottsmammalgroup
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Potential threat to Green Belt, Colwick Woods LNR.

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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……. focwpatholland@hotmail.co.uk Thank you.

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History of Colwick Woods Part 2

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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.

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Facebook

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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.

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History of Colwick Woods Part 1

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I’ve been spending some spare time searching the internet, and researching events that have happened in Colwick Woods in years gone by. Googling “ Colwick Woods” one day brought up something that caught my attention, a passage from a book ? The passage read…..

But New England’s shut down, so is Colwick Wood: yes, it’s fair haunting to go through that coppy and see Colwick Wood standing there deserted among the trees, and bushes growing up all over the pit-head, and the lines red rusty.

Further research lead me to chapter nine of a book wrote by D.H.Lawrence called “Lady Chatterley’s lover”. So ? I knew D.H.Lawrence was from Nottinghamshire, Eastwood to be more precise, but it appears he knew of Colwick Woods. This got me thinking if he had mentioned the woods before so I carried on with the research, trawling the internet in search of a connection between Colwick Woods and D.H.Lawrence.

A short while after I found two more passages that as far as I’m concerned proves the fact that not only did Mr Lawrence know of Colwick Woods he more than likely made a few visits as a young man, with good reason as it turns out.

The second passage I found was from the book “Sons and Lovers” D.H.Lawrence, and reads………

The Trent ran dark and full under the bridge. Away towards Colwick all was black night. He lived down Holme Road, on the naked edge of the town, facing across the river meadows towards Sneinton Hermitage and the steep scrap of Colwick Wood.

This book is renowned to be an autobiographical novel drawing on the writers provincial upbringing. So that’s quite convincing, but better still it turns out that a Poet by the name of Keith Sagar ( died as recently as Oct 2013 ) had done some very in-depth research of his own, including personal interviews with the remaining Lawrence family. A passage from the book Lawrence in my life by Keith Sager reads……….

Ada told Agatha that Ernest Weekley followed his wife one day. She met Lawrence and they went to Colwick Woods, a beauty spot near Nottingham. There Weekley confronted Lawrence and gave him a thrashing. Unable to ride his bicycle, Lawrence walked home, arriving in the early hours. He accounted for his bruises by claiming to have fallen off his bicycle. He stayed in bed for two or three days. But Frieda was not deterred. Her visits continued.

This is where I stopped my research, convinced that Mr D.H.Lawrence certainly knew of Colwick Woods and going by the remarks made by some of his family, Mr Lawrence bicycled to Colwick Woods regular as a young man to continue a secret affair. So there it is, the ‘good’ reason to visit the woods ! To meet Frieda Weekly, who by the way eventually became Mrs Lawrence. 

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Colwick Woods wins Green Flag Award

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Keep Britain Tidy has announced a record-breaking number of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2014.

Colwick Woods is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The local nature reserve is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Our flag is on order and will be put up soon.

Chair Richard Brown said “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.

“This Award recognises and highlights that people in Nottingham are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

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