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Cockglode and Rotary Woods

Cockglode and Rotary Woods

Cockglode Wood has ancient origins, being a remnant of the woodland that covered the area long before it became the Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood. The bluebells and dog’s mercury that appear in the wood every spring are clues to these ancient beginnings. 

Among the ancient woodland are exotic trees and shrubs (those not native to the UK), for example, false acacia and rhododendron. These are the legacy of the gardens of Cockglode House that now lies buried under the spoil tip on which Rotary Wood stands. 

Rotary Wood is the exact opposite of Cockglode Wood. The native trees were planted on the restored spoil tip of Thoresby Colliery in 1998 – 1999 to celebrate the Millennium. The planting was undertaken by the County Council in partnership with the local Rotary Clubs, giving us it's name, Rotary Wood. You can find native fruit trees among the oak, birch and hazel.

Both Cockglode and Rotary Woods contain a variety of habitats, which are managed to ensure that their importance for nature is maintained.  Within the ancient woodland of Cockglode thinning of some trees is undertaken. This allows more light to reach the woodland floor, allowing wildflowers to flourish and trees of different ages to grow.  

The spread of invasive and non-native species such as rhododenderon and himalyan balsam are being controlled.  In the more open areas bracken rolling takes place during the late summer months. This reduces the bracken cover, allowing plants typical of lowland heath to colonise the clearings. 

The neighbouring Sherwood Heath is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of the most important heathland sites in the Country. Managing the heathland and extending its area is a significant management aim. Although much younger, Rotary Wood provides a home for a variety of species. Various butterflies and other insects take advantage of the maturing woodland and wide grassy paths. Ground nesting birds, such as skylarks, find safe nesting sites in the open areas of rough grassland within the woodland. Much of the habitat management work is done on a voluntary basis by the Friends of Sherwood Heath in conjunction with the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers. Contact us to find out more about volunteering.

As well as the wide range of wildlife, Rotary Wood boasts fantastic views of the surrounding Sherwood landscape. This is easily accessed via the circular Rotary Walk from the Sherwood Heath car park just off the A614 Ollerton roundabout. From the top of Rotary Wood it is possible to see over Cockglode Wood towards Boughton Pumping Station as well as towards Sherwood Forest Country Park and the village of Edwinstowe with its prominent church spire. 

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Information and map
of Cockglode and Rotary Woods

Declared: 2005

Nearest Town/Village: Edwinstowe

Access Point: Ollerton Tourist Information Centre Car Park (off the A616 at Ollerton) or on foot from the A6075

Grid Reference: Sherwood Heath Car Park: SK 650 675  Cockglode & Rotary Wood SK 640 641 674

Postcode: NG22 9DR

Contact Address: 
Country Parks and Green Estates
Nottinghamshire County Council
The Abbey
Rufford Country Park
NG22 9DF

Contact Telephone: 01623 822 944

Contact Email: conservation.en@nottscc.gov.uk

Related links: 
Natural England
East Midlands Volunteering

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