Blog & News


Following the decision to cease holding regular meetings and produce quarterly newsletters instead, you can download the latest newsletter from the Friends here.

Featured in this issue:

  • Grassland Restoration Area Update.
  • New Signs.
  • Broxtowe Wildlife Day.
  • Working Session Report April to ...

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We are very pleased and proud to announce that our two reserves have again been awarded the Green Flag Community Award for 2014/2015 for a sixth successive year. The formal confirmation was received a few days ago and read:

On behalf of the Green Flag Award team and the Department for Communi...

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11 members turned up for this session, during which the majority of the work entailed cutting back and clearing the vegetation (mainly brambles and nettles) that had begun to restrict, and in some places completely block, paths throughout the reserves.

Elsewhere two members carried out...

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Four new welcoming signs have been designed with the assistance of Broxtowe Borough Council’s graphics department. These will be erected at the entrances on Maidstone Drive, Brookside Avenue, Heather Rise and the Sandgate car park (near the steps leading up to the play area). They will hopeful...

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Eight members attended today's session and as the Green Flag judging has still not taken place we concentrated on making sure the reserves looked as presentable as possible.

  • A damaged step on the path leading from Thoresby Road was made safe. A permanent repair to this will be carried out later....

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Following the work undertaken earlier in the year to remove the topsoil, the final stage was carried out on Friday 2nd May when a Council contractor harrowed the whole area and also sowed the grass seed.

The seed is a mixture of native grasses. The frequent heavy showers in the followin...

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Despite this being a bank holiday weekend, and with several of our regulars being away for the weekend, we still managed a group of eight members along with the 7-year-old grandson of one of our members.

Today we planted 26 field poppy modules in the two areas already seeded at the entrance to th...

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Following the decision to cease holding regular meetings and produce quarterly newsletters instead, you can download the latest newsletter from the Friends here.

Featured in this issue:

  • Sandy Lane LNR Grassland Restoration Update.
  • Working Sessions January to March 2014.
  • Wildflower Areas o...

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Nine of our members came to the working session which, although slighty less than usual, was still a good turnout considering that at least four of our 'regulars' were away from home.

The priority for the day was to thoroughly rake over the two annual wildflower areas which had been rotovated for...

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After the clearance of numerous trees and shrubs towards the end of last year, the next stage in the restoration plan was to bring another machine on to the site in order to strip off the existing layer of topsoil. This will lower the nutrient level of the area and thus make it more favourable...

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