Police have slammed an 'act of stupidity' by a group of youths in Southwell
Officers said approximately six young people were seen leaving the wooded area at the bottom of Bishops Drive on Sunday afternoon after starting a fire.
In a statement on Facebook, Sherwood Police said: "The fire became out of control, reaching and burning branches six feet above the ground.
"The fire service was called to attend along with the local police team.
"It was quickly brought under control.
"Beer bottles and other rubbish have been left in situe.
"Whoever you are, you are destroying the habitat of local wildlife and rare plants.
"This act of stupidity not only damages woodland areas but is also a drain on the emergency services.
"You will be prosecuted if caught."