Quarry Holes Plantation
This 2 hectare urban site is mixed woodland with areas of grassland and scrub. It is managed by the Trust under licence from Nottingham City Council.
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.
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Management of the woodland includes sycamore control while encouraging the existing native trees. The grassland is cut annually and a number of wildflowers recorded in the past have been reintroduced. The most notable problem is extensive fly-tipping by local industry and householders.
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.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or if you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust office on 0115 958 8242