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Colwick Woods has a rich history of various uses all affecting its development and forming today’s features. Some of Colwick Woods is ‘ancient woodland’ as defined nationally as having had continuous woodland cover for 600yrs. Other areas of woodland are recent having developed naturally from farmland abandoned in the 1950’s. There are also areas of planted trees.
Colwick Woods was once part of the Colwick Hall estate owned by the Byron Family and managed as a deer park. There are still remains of the Ice House which served as the fridge for Colwick Hall including storing venison.