Blidworth Colliery opened in 1924, built on farmland between the villages of Rainworth and Blidworth. The current location of Tippings Wood LNR was one of the colliery spoil tips. In 1989 with the closure of the colliery reclamation of the site began, and thousands of trees were planted to form Tippings Wood. A variety of other habitats, including wetlands and grasslands were also created on the former spoil tip. As the habitats have developed and matured over the last fifteen years careful management has been required to ensure we make the most of the site for both people and wildlife. Much of the work is done on a voluntary basis by the Friends of Tippings Wood in conjunction with the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers. Contact us to find out more about volunteering.
Tippings Wood includes a number of important habitats. The largest area is broadleaved woodland, which contains a variety of species in particular oak and birch. Alongside the woodland there is a wetland area consisting of open water and marsh and there are a number of grassland areas. These habitats are home to many different species, for example, the wetland is inhabited by many plants including Reedmace and is frequented by many different damselflies and dragonflies. The Bee Orchid, a flower typical of post-industrial sites, and Painted Lady butterflies are among the other species to be seen at Tippings Wood LNR during the summer months.
In 2000 the remainder of the former colliery site was restored. This wider area (that includes Tippings Wood LNR) is known as Boundary Wood. This means that a much larger area is developing as a place to visit and enjoy nature. Also, National Cycle Route 6 crosses Boundary Wood immediately adjacent to Tippings Wood. This means that an even wider area is available to explore. In particular the route supplies a link to nearby Sherwood Pines and Vicar Water Country Park.