Nottinghamshire County Council is responsible for the management and maintenance of a variety of sites, known collectively as the Green Estate.
These include restored former pit tips, disused railway lines, new and mature woodland, agricultural land and old gravel workings. One of the most important elements of site management is involving local people and communities.
Many of these sites can be used for recreational activities such as cycling, horse riding, walking, or simply enjoying nature, and most have at least part of the site put aside for wildlife.
Visiting green estate sites
There are some of the sites that are best suited for visitors:
White Mole Wood (Birch Wood)
Grid reference: SK 662 881
Access: Track off Mattersey Road, Ranskill (B6045)
Site details: A naturally regenerated birch wood on a calcareous substrate, holding four species of orchid. A surfaced path loops through the site.
Cotgrave Country Park
Grid reference: SK 654 359
Access: Hollygate Lane, Cotgrave
Site details: A restored colliery pit tip with areas of grassland, woodland and wetland. Surface paths cross the site.
Grid reference:SK 481 576
Access: Alfreton Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield (A38)
Site details: A series of large meadows surrounded by recently planted woodland. There are no surfaced paths.
Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard and Freckland Wood
Grid reference:SK 524 527 (Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard) and SK 527 525 (Freckland Wood)
Access: Station Avenue, Newstead
Site details: Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard is a naturally regenerated area of grassland and birch scrub to the west of the Linby Trail, crossed by a surface path. Freckland Wood is a restored colliery pit tip to the east of the Linby Trail with areas of broad-leaved woodland and grassland. There are no surfaced paths on the latter site.
Grid reference: SK 533 507
Access: Wighay Road, Linby
Site details: A restored colliery pit tip with a range of habitats including planted broad-leaved woodland, grassland and wetland.
Grid reference: SK 523 499
Access: Washdyke Lane (off Hucknall Bypass, A611)
Site details: The first woodland planted as part of the Greenwood Community Forest on an area of former arable fields. Grassland and wetland areas are also present on the site. There are no surfaced paths.
Grid reference:SK 533 509 to SK 525 527
Access: Wighay Road, Linby or Station Avenue, Newstead
Site details: Very fine calcareous grassland on a disused railway line. A surfaced path runs along the entire length.
Kimberley Green and the Great Northern Railway Path
Grid reference:SK 490 446 and SK 485 4444 to SK 502 450
Access: Awsworth Lane, Awsworth (both sites), and Church Hill/Edgewood Road/Newdigate Street, Kimberley (Great Northern Railway Path)
Site details: Kimberley Green is an area of naturally regenerated grassland, scrub and wetland on a former landfill site. The Great Northern Railway Path is a disused railway line with scrub and species-rich grassland habitats. Both sites have surfaced paths.