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Your views count and we listened

Thursday 1st September

Your views count and we listened

After inviting people to join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for a consultation about the future management of Ploughman Wood, the charity has hailed the event as a success due to a great turn out, providing a great opportunity to hear local user’s views and understand their concerns about this precious ancient woodland.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust wanted to share their 10 year plan for Ploughman Wood, located between Woodborough and Lambley just north of Nottingham, and gain some understanding of views of user on the last 10 years of woodland management. The discussions helped the Wildlife Trust explain how work already carried out had benefitted wildlife.

Michael Walker, Living Landscape Monitoring Officer for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust stated“The consultation event in the wood went really well. We saw the first person just before 10.00am and only had about 10 minutes when we didn't have someone with us until about 1.30pm, all but one making a special trip to talk to us.”

The majority of the attendees were very supportive of the work that had been carried out and even agreed to get involved and start volunteering in regular conservation work parties. A couple of people had known the wood for over 20 years, another over 40 so it was valuable for the Trust to have their input.

A few people had concerns about the number of trees that the Trust’s contractors had removed, but all went away either fully reassured or at least with an understanding of the sound ecological reasons behind the work.

The concerns about dogs not being on leads in the meadow and pond area were raised with requests that signage was installed stating that dogs must be on a lead and why. Something the trust has noted for future. It was however encouraging to hear that quite a few said that the number of birds had increased since the Trust had opened some of the compartments and even the people who had concerns about tree felling conceded that there is a connection between the two!

If you have any questions about the Trusts management plans for any of the nature reserves, then please contact us via the contact form or by calling 0115 958 8242.

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