About FoCW Committee

The committee of the Friends of Colwick Woods (FoCW) are elected each year and, for 2020, consist of 3 Vice Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary.

Construction work in the Woods

We have been advised by Cllr David Mellen that Network Rail contractors will be working in the Woods from Monday 1st February because they need to carry out urgent repairs to the cliff face that sits just above the railway line.
A track will be put down to allow heavy plant being moved across from the junction of Harrogate Rd/Greenwood Road to the clifftop.
The path along the top of the cliff may be closed for some time while the work is carried out.
The work is expected to take a number of weeks so you will need to be aware that your access around the woods will be limited.
Construction work in the Woods2021-02-03T16:40:09+00:00

Colwick Woods Film Project


Colwick Woods Film Project

One of our members is currently working on a short film project that focuses on the ancient woodland of Colwick woods. For this project they will be shooting footage of the flora and fauna of the woods, but they are asking if people have any footage of the following, could they send it to katie.natureinnottingham@gmail.com to help bring the film together. Any footage shot on camera or smartphone at Colwick woods would be suitable, and preferably in landscape mode.

The woodland in general

  • Butterflies
  • Bees
  • Spiders
  • Beetles and insects
  • Meadow ants

Small mammals including:

  • Bat species
  • Foxes
  • Squirrels
  • Moles
  • Field voles
  • Wood mice
  • Rabbits
  • Badgers
  • Muntjac

ALSO any information on the whereabouts of the following plant species in relation to Colwick woods would also be extremely helpful. Please send information about locations to katie.natureinnottingham@gmail.com

  • Dogs mercury
  • Yellow pimpernel
  • Wild garlic
  • Bluebell
  • Barnacle lichen
  • Lungwort lichen
  • Wood sedge
  • Wood anemone
  • Townhall-clock
  • Sanicle
  • Lilly of the Valley
  • Primrose
  • Herb-Paris
  • Yorkshire fog grass
  • Bramble
  • Ragged robin orchid
  • Specked orchid
  • Yellow rattle
  • Burdock
  • Hogweed

Birds including:

  • Dunnock
  • Bullfinch
  • Great spotted woodpecker
  • Chiff-chaff
  • Magpie
  • Wren
  • Blackbird
  • Blue tits
  • Great tits
  • Long tailed tits
  • Robins
  • Thrush species
  • Kestrel
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Treecreeper
  • Goldcrest
  • Tawny owl
  • Pied wagtail
  • Sparrow species
  • Green woodpecker
  • Greenfinch
  • Goldfinch
  • Jay
  • Nuthatch
  • Blackcap
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Colwick Woods Film Project2020-07-13T18:01:49+01:00

Old maps of Nottingham


Old maps of Nottingham and Colwick Woods

We’ve posted some old maps on our website https://www.friendsofcolwickwoods.co.uk/history/old-maps/.
The maps show Nottingham, Bakersfield and Colwick Woods over the last hundred years or so.
One map shows Park Farm (which is where the Bakersfield public house is now situated.
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Old maps of Nottingham2020-07-11T15:23:48+01:00

Friends of Lindum Grove


Friends of Lindum Grove

‘Friends of Lindum Grove’ is a new group which has been formed to look at reclaiming a previously disused section of land in Sneinton with the purpose of brightening the area up with planting flowers and fruit and veg, all the while trying to engage with the local community as much as possible.
They have been given permission by the City Council for a short-term project to continue working in the space, however they are looking to extend the project as much as they can.
They are looking for individuals who would help in any way possible, maybe through passing their information on to other people who may be interested in the project, sharing knowledge or even collaboration on projects.

If you would like to be involved in anyway shape or form or would like to know more information, please email aaron.belcher@hotmail.co.uk.

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Friends of Lindum Grove2020-07-09T15:20:36+01:00

Colwick Woods is mentioned in the Sunday Telegraph


Colwick Woods is mentioned in the Sunday Telegraph

Lucy Davies wrote an article entitled “12 artworks that capture the beauty of the British countryside” in the Sunday Telegraph Arts section on 21 June 2020.

It mentioned Jan Siberecht’s View of Nottingham from the East (1695) which was painted from a position in Colwick Woods.


The painting is in Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery (which is closed while it is being refurbished).

This week (28 June), Steve Wright of Nottingham provided more information:

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Colwick Woods is mentioned in the Sunday Telegraph2020-07-09T15:19:38+01:00

Visit Colwick Woods (but stay two metres apart)


Groups of six can meet outdoors from Monday

Nottingham Arboretum

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces. The evidence shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors and this step will mean that people can see more of their friends, family and loved ones. However, it is very important that social distancing is still adhered to and that people from different households continue to stay two metres apart. Many of us will welcome this change and even though social distancing within groups of family and friends will seem very strange at first, it is vitally important that we adhere to the Government guidelines to stop a second wave of the virus in Nottingham.

The police will continue to take the approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging individuals to follow the law. Where people do not follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce these requirements as a last resort

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Visit Colwick Woods (but stay two metres apart)2020-07-09T15:21:39+01:00

Coronavirus update 12th May


Coronavirus update 12th May

Like you, we’ve found these past few weeks incredibly challenging. We have all been worried about the health and welfare of our family, friends and our communities during this difficult time.

But with birdsong seemingly louder than it has ever been, we hope nature has been as great a source of comfort and interest for you as it has been for all of us at the Friends of Colwick Woods.

With that in mind, we’re sure many of you will have listened to last weekend’s government announcement and thought about when you might next head out into nature as our lockdown restrictions are gradually eased.

For your information, we are posting the latest advice from Nottingham City Council:

The latest Government advice is that, as well as exercise, people can now spend more time outdoors as long as they do not meet up with more than one person from a different household. Please remember that the social distancing guidelines are still very much in place and people should remain two metres away from each other unless they live together.

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Coronavirus update 12th May2020-07-09T15:22:46+01:00

Coronavirus update: Rewilding Nottingham


Coronavirus update:Rewilding Nottingham

Working within the social distancing limitations has required a different approach from us in the delivery of many of our services. Parks are an area that we have had to adapt to keep the public and our staff safe and to ensure we have an agile workforce that can focus on priority services, such as bin collections. During this time we have reduced the frequency of grass mowing, meaning our parks and roadside verges may look a little different – but this is providing improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. Before the lockdown we were committed to ‘Ensure bee friendly habitats in every neighbourhood’ and we are currently identifying many locations in Nottingham where reduced mowing could become an ongoing part of our green spaces maintenance. At the moment we are seeing more wildflowers and the pollinating insects which is great for the city’s green spaces, our gardens and allotments. Less mowing also reduces our carbon emissions, contributing towards our carbon neutral target.

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Coronavirus update: Rewilding Nottingham2020-07-09T15:24:14+01:00
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