Saturday, 16 July 2011

Nottingham's hidden gems

I am not often a fan of local government, our own in particular.  There is often an inherent arrogance, or well meaning condescension, that rankles.  However I do acknowledge there is a need for local services and amenities to be coordinated.  But once local services are out of the way there are often projects that steamroller ahead regardless of local feelings.

That aside, our local council has recently been responsible for an initiative that I applaud wholeheartedly.  Take a look at these.

There is a range of meadows planted in each spare patch of our local parks; in addition there are apple trees, brambles a butterfly meadow as well as many, many trees of different varieties.  This use of the space has encouraged a growth in the variety of local insects, and therefore the local bird population.  We have now seen an increase in common butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles.  This year we have almost forty swifts in the area, taking advantage of the abundance of food.  We have goldfinches, greenfinches, chiff chaffs and an increase in thrushes, blackbirds and sparrows.
The park is home to a nesting pair of sparrow hawks and a pair of tawny owls.  We also have a new (healthier) family of foxes.  It is a haven on the doorstep for our urban dwelling;  we have walked in the dark and hooted with the owls, strolled in the sunshine and seen the woodpecker and the squirrels.  The park is used by everyone locally: dog walkers parents and children, joggers, local footballers, golfers and walkers.

So thank you to the council for this well spent money, Sherwood is a better place because of it.


  1. Lovely post! I would have adored that train as a kid :-)

    The shadow play that i mentioned is HERE:

  2. We love the train, the park itself is part of the old Woodthorpe Grange (our house was built in the orchard, later WWII allotments). The Grange owner was a coal mine owner, there was a train station that went to the centre of town and also a coal line from Gedling Colliery. The tunnels are there still, although all blocked up. Putting in the Tank engine was inspired.
    Nottingham has some fascinating local history if you dig a little.