Nottinghamshire County Council is responsible for the management of a variety of informal green spaces, known as the Green Estate – Nottinghamshire’s other ‘Country Park’.
These include restored colliery tips, disused railway lines, woodland, agricultural land and old gravel workings, totaling almost 1900 hectares of green space.
The Green Estate provides free access to nature and the countryside for many local communities. We manage a number of large sites with surfaced tracks and trails, 6 local nature reserves and an increasing number of multi user routes such as the Teversal, Southwell and Bilsthorpe trails.
We work with volunteers and other partners to provide practical conservation tasks across the Green Estate helping local people to get involved, make new friends and learn new skills. We are developing an increasing number of Friends Groups, for local people to get involved in the management of their local site.
The Green Estate Team work with other departments within the Authority providing advice and expertise on land management, forestry and conservation matters. The Green Estate produces biomass for sustainable energy production. We also work in partnership with a number of District Councils, Greenwood Community Forest, the Forestry Commission and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to deliver a range of projects across the County.
We manage sites specifically for biodiversity and nature conservation. Some of our sites include threatened habitats within Nottinghamshire such as lowland heathland and calcareous grassland and species such as skylark, water vole and White Clawed Crayfish.
A number of our sites are nationally designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) and Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s) and others are locally designated Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC’s).
You can find out more about sites in your area by clicking on the links below. To find out more about what we do and our strategy for the future, you can read our Green Estates Strategy.
Green Estate sites
Green Estates sites:
Local Nature Reserves (LNR):
For more information about the Green Estate please contact us:
Country Parks and Green Estates
Rufford Country Park
01623 822944 / email the team