This summer the Woodland Trust is calling all nature explorers and amateur photographers to visit woods in the Nottinghamshire region! The ‘VisitWoods’ website is a national database of woods, and with over 600 woods listed for the East Midlands region it is easier than ever to find a wood near to you!
Watch the change of the seasons between August and October, and help the Woodland Trust by rating the wood and uploading photographs of your discoveries at www.visitwoods.org.uk.
Head north of Nottingham and visit Newstead Priory Wood. Immerse yourself in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire history, and explore the surrounding woods nearby to the famous Priory. This site has great access, well defined paths and nearby parking, not to mention loads of nature to be discovered. It is fantastic for dog walking, so why not upload a picture of your dog enjoying the countryside as much as you are.
Some of the best woods in Nottinghamshire were created within the last ten years. The Woods on your Doorstep initiative, in association with the Millennium Commission, planted over 200 new woods nationally, aiming to make woods more accessible to villages and towns. Celebrate over ten years since the project began by visiting a community wood near to you.
Bonney Doles wood near Arnold and Lambley is a great place for getting out and exploring nature. This wood is a fantastic example of the ancient woodland the Woodland Trust works hard to maintain and protect. There are trees on the site at Bonney Doles dating back to the 17th century, as well as more recent woodland planted by the community over the course of one day in 1998.
A little further out of town towards Loughborough, Willoughby Wood is a specially planted community wood within walking distance of Willoughby-on-the-Wolds. Spot wildlife and flowers around the pond, or take a stroll around the circular path of the wood! This wood is a hidden treasure, be the first to rate it at www.visitwoods.org.uk, or why not upload photographs of your adventure?
All of the Woodland Trust sites are free to visit, and each boasts it’s own individual highlights. From the ideal location for dog walking and the chance to see new woodland at Newstead Priory Wood, to the special wildlife interest at Bonney Doles and the mixed habitat at Willoughby Wood.