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04/01/24

Our 2023 round up…

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So, we have a bit of a topsy turvy end to the year here at Nottingham City Council, but throughout all the changes happening here we ca not thank you all enough for your support, hard work and enthusiasm over the last 12 months to improve, restore and protect greenspaces across the city.

There have been some great news stories both from the Greenspace team here at the Council as well as Green Groups across the city.

a view of a small pond surrounded by grennery

This year we saw;

  • Nottingham’s newest wildlife wetland site opened to the public, Ventnor Rise Wetlands in Basford,
  • Works completed as part of an EDRF funded project at Colwick Woods Nature Reserve to improve access for visitors, create new glades and plant new trees to improve diversity of species and age of the woodland,
  • Nottingham Green Festival celebrated it’s 30th year in September at Nottingham Arboretum,
  • A new wildlife garden was planted and opened at Victoria Embankment with the help of volunteers including the Memorial Gardens Association (MeGA) amongst others,
  • Continued partnerships with groups such as Green Hustle where we helped to plant new trees as part of the Twenty-Twenty Tree project, funded by Trees4Cities or Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the City Young Rangers programme,
  • New playgrounds opened across the City for residents to enjoy including Arkwright Walk in the Meadows and Ronald Street playground in Radford,
  • 8 new wildflower meadows created to help struggling pollinators,
  • Broke ground on a new skate park at Broxtowe Country Park,
  • Nottingham Open Spaces Forum launched their Green Map of the Nottingham.
Small Copper Butterfly on Park Rangers finger

Last but not least, you, our fabulous Green Guardian volunteers have achieved so much in the last 12 months. AS well as giving up your time and expertise to help with the above you have planted over 16,000 new bulbs, created new rockeries and flower beds, planted over 11,000 new trees, helped our Park Rangers manage 18 nature reserves, local wildlife sites and other greenspaces for nature and did this by giving a whopping 4,800 hours of your time!

We can’t wait to move into 2024 with as much enthusiasm for improving, protecting and restoring greenspace around the city and hope to see you at a session in the near future.

sandra.horner
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