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Chilwell Meadow

Chilwell Meadow Chilwell Meadow is an important preserved fragment of the wet meadows that were once common in the Trent valley. In late spring and early summer, look out for wild flowers such as yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil and common spotted orchid.
 

How to get to Chilwell Meadow

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The reserve is to the left of the entrance road to Chilwell Comprehensive School/Chilwell Olympia. Access is from Queens Road West, Chilwell (the A6005 to Long Eaton). Cars should be parked in the Sports Centre car park. For the purposes of SatNav use NG9 5HQ and follow the preceding instructions.

Why not explore this nearby reserve? Attenborough Nature Reserve.

 

This one hectare wet meadow reserve was established in 1986 and is managed under licence from Nottinghamshire County Council.

The site is a fragment of the wet meadows that were once common in the Trent valley and owes its importance as a herb-rich meadow to the high water table, poor drainage and an absence of fertilisers and herbicides. In the Biological Survey of the county in 1977, the meadow was included in the top ten exceptional areas out of 1500 grasslands surveyed. 

A wide ranges of plants is present including marsh arrow grass, adder’s tongue, ragged robin, marsh marigold, lesser stitchwort, pignut, yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil and common spotted orchid. May to July is the best time to visit the reserve.

The grassland is cut after the flowers have set seed in late July/early August. Encroaching shrub has to be cleared periodically  and the boundary willow trees cut back.

For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our flickr set

http:[email protected]/sets/72157626842989263/


 

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The site is open to the public at all times, but please keep to the footpaths.

 

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