Sun seekers out in force at parks

Country parks across Nottinghamshire welcomed thousands of visitors this weekend amid the early spring sunshine.

Many people took the opportunity to visit Bestwood, Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey country parks.

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve estimated that 2,000 visitors visited on Sunday, and for Rufford Abbey around 3,000 came through the gates.

“It is great news that so many people decided to enjoy the lovely sunshine, whether taking part in leisure activities or just relaxing,” said coun John Knight, committee vice-chairman for culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council.

At Bestwood, families and young children enjoyed time in the adventure playground, while horseriders and walkers also took advantage of the warm conditions.

And a ladies hedgelaying course also proved popular.