Appeal for volunteers to help preserve Blidworth woodland

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A community group with just one surviving member is appealing for people to get involved and help preserve a local woodland.

The Friends of Tippings Wood had between six and ten members when it was first founded in the 1990s to promote the woodland on the reclaimed site of the former Blidworth Colliery.

New footpaths were created and habitats flourished as dozens of people pitched in to boost the local woodland, in Warsop Lane, between Rainworth and Blidworth.

But with people falling ill, getting older and moving away, the only current full time member is treasurer Brian Evans.

The 77-year-old, of Whitaker Road, Rainworth, said: “There have been some real highlights over the years, but sadly over time it has dwindled, and it would be a shame if it was left to degenerate as it is a lovely place.”

The public is being invited to take part in a nature conservation day this week on Thursday from 10am to 3pm to get involved in small tasks such as litter picking and checking and protecting natural habitats on site – with the hope that they will then want to become full time members.”

Coordinated by members of the Green Estates team at the county council call 01623 822944 for further details.