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Quarry Holes Plantation

Type : WoodlandNottingham

Quarry Holes Plantation

This 2 hectare urban site is mixed woodland with areas of grassland and scrub. It has been managed by the Trust under licence from Nottingham City Council  for many years but as of 1st April 2018 the Trust has no longer day to day management of the site.

About the Reserve

As the name implies, this woodland reserve is situated in a disused magnesian limestone quarry, which was established in the 15th century. Stone from the quarry was used as a source of local building material and, notably, to repair Trent Bridge in 1458. Following the quarry’s closure around 100 years ago, natural colonisation and subsequent vegetation succession have resulted in the mixed woodland that dominates the site today.

More than 80 flowering plants have been recorded including seven tree and shrub species and twelve grasses and sedges. The woodland is dominated by ash and sycamore with hazel, rowan, elder and hawthorn. Herb species include lords and ladies, wood avens, dog’s mercury, red campion and weld. Birds in the wood include willow tit, wren, greenfinch, bullfinch and song thrush.

The eastern end of the site supports coarse grassland communities dominated by false oat grass and cocksfoot, with a variety of herbs including field scabious, lesser trefoil, comfrey and yarrow.

For some more pictures of the reserve please visit our flickr set

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157627527728543/

 

How to Get There

The reserve is situated in Nottingham’s Cinderhill district (SK 537433, satnav NG8 6AF). It can be approached from Nuthall Road and access gained via Tilbury Rise or from the disused railway line via Broxtowe Lane or Bells Lane. The reserve is open to the public at all times.

Why not visit these nearby reserves? Sellers Wood & Moorbridge Pond.

 

Quarry Holes Plantation Reserve Map

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