Bestwood Country Park.
Tel: 0115 9273674
hours: Dawn to dusk.
Back in medieval times, what we now know as Bestwood
Country Park formed part of Sherwood Forest - a royal hunting preserve
covering a fifth of the county.
are surprised to discover that it was never the vast tract of dense
woodland as pictured in Robin Hood movies. In fact much of Sherwood
"Forest" was really a sandy heath with open clearings where
deer and livestock grazed.
modern times the county's native heath-land is more under threat than
the South American rainforest.
Watching television programmes about the dwindling rainforest its
easy to think that this only happens in far away places. In a hundred
small ways we can all help to preserve the natural habitat of the
Country Park is a living example of conservation work, right on our
own doorstep. Part of the site was once scarred by industry. The Winding
Engine House stands as a reminder of when coal was king and Bestwood
was one of the county's busiest collieries. Now, wildflowers cover
what was once the colliery spoil heap and skylarks sing in the sky
reclaimed colliery spoil heap has been converted into a beautiful
lake, attracting waterbirds in their thousands. Some of the ancient
heathland has been created in parts of the park by park rangers and
volunteers. This has attracted colourful butterflies who flit over
the heather and gorse on fine summer afternoons.
and join one of the many guided walks, courses or family activities,
or roll up your sleeves and help with one of the conservation weekends.
You can make a difference.
park is run jointly by Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling