Stonepit Plantation

Stonepit Plantation gateway

(c) Jim Voce

Stonepit Plantation is an abandoned quarry, combining both woodland and parkland areas.


Houghton Drive,
A static map of Stonepit Plantation

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

Please be considerate when parking on the housing estate.

Bicycle parking

No bike racks available.

Grazing animals

Grazing animals are on adjacent land so please keep dogs on a led and under effective control.

Walking trails

There is a short circular walk through the woodland.


Pedestrian access is from the housing estate. There is a pedestrian gate on Houghton Drive which leads to the reserve entrance. Reserve pathways are not suitable for disabled access.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

The site is always open.

Best time to visit

Best to visit in spring and early summer for the woodland flora and bird song.

About the reserve

Stonepit Plantation is an abandoned quarry, owned by the Trust since 1983.  It covers an area of 2.4 hectares, combining both woodland and parkland areas.  The parkland area contains many mature trees, such as ash, oak and sycamore, some of which are over 200 years old and formed part of the original Strelley Hall estate.  Stonepit Plantation is an important site in geological terms as it is the most southerly exposure of magnesian limestone in Britain.  The limestone is used locally in building material known as ‘Bulwell Stone’.

Stonepit Plantation is managed to increase the diversity of species in the area, and to ensure the continuation of the character for the parkland.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0115 958 8242
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