A Sunday walk with a difference!

June 27, 2008

Get out and about this Sunday, 29th June, and join the Inclosure Walk, a free walk through the historic green spaces of Central Nottingham. Naturally, this walk includes the Forest and will end at the famous Inclosure Oak, at the far end of the recreation ground. 

Not only is the Inclosure Walk a great excuse to get out and about, it’s also a great chance to find out more about the Forest and other local places of interest. June Perry from Friends of the Forest will be there, and if there’s anything you want to know about the Forest – she’s the lady to ask!!

The Inclosure Walk has been organised to celebrate the Inclosure Act of 1845, which gave the people of Nottingham 130 acres of recreational green space to use and enjoy. The same green spaces we’re still enjoying and using today!

For full details simply click on the link below.

Inclosure Walk 


Forest in the news

May 9, 2008

Public interest in the Forest is really hotting up – with more coverage in today’s Nottingham Evening Post. 

The plans for the Forest REALLY are being developed to meet local people’s wishes and needs – so make sure you have your say. 

Nottingham’s skaters have and they’re campaigning hard for a skatepark on the Forest. It would be great to hear other views about what’s needed – whether you want a better play-park, an improved cafe, more events and things to do or something completely different that maybe hasn’t even been thought of yet!

The plans for the new look Forest aren’t being submitted to the Lottery (for funding) until September so there’s still time to make your views known – and make a difference. 

Click below to see today’s story in the Post and to read our latest press release – announcing the top five things that the public want to see on the Forest! 

Evening Post story 

Latest press release 

New blog for skaters

May 8, 2008

With more and more skateboarders campaigning for a skatepark on the Forest, they’ve set up their very own skatepark campaign blog at http://www.wewantaskatepark.blogspot.com/

If you agree that Nottingham needs a decent size skatepark why not go and check out the blog? The skaters have also been in touch with the Evening Post, who have promised to cover their story in the next few days. 

As many of the comments from local people have said, a skatepark would have many benefits; including giving young people (and older people!) somewhere to exercise, an alternative to traditional sports, a place to make friends and socialise and a sense of purpose. All these things would also help to tackle issues like childhood obesity, anti-social behaviour, under-age drinking and drug-taking and boredom. 

What do you think? 

Check out the plans!

May 6, 2008

If you weren’t able to make it along to the public consultation event on the 26th – don’t worry. Simply download the information (below) that was exhibited to see what’s being planned and then have your say. We’ve also attached a questionnaire for you. Completed questionnaires can be handed in or posted to James Taylor, c/o Partnership Council, 47 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 5JA. We know you all have very busy lives, but please take the time to fill in a questionnaire. It’s YOUR Forest, and we want to make sure that it’s improved in the way you want! 




Who Looks After The Forest? 




Five Forest Favourites

May 6, 2008

Following the public consultation event on the 26th April, here’s what local people want to see on the Forest:

1. Increased activity opportunities for teenagers 

2. Enhanced play areas for all ages, including a performance space and seating 

3. Improved lighting and CCTV added

4. A refurbished pavilion with a better cafe, toilets and sports changing rooms 

5. A partnership approach to tackling problems on the Forest – involving Forest wardens, the Police and local people 

These were the top five changes that those attending the consultation event voted for – out of a list of options – put together by the team behind the Forest project. More results from the consultation will be published soon, but in the meantime, please tell us what you think. Do you agree with the top five? Do you think there are other, more important changes, to be made to the Forest? 

To see the full list of proposed changes – please feel free to download the attached document. Top Five Forest Proposals

Forest skatepark backed by national magazine

May 2, 2008

Sidewalk magazine, one of the UK’s leading magazines for skateboarders has backed the idea of a skatepark on the Forest – saying it would help to put Nottingham on the map and bring people into the city. Five of the magazine’s staff have left comments on the previous story ‘Calls go out for a skatepark’ several of them saying that they travelled to Nottingham to skate here, so they know the city very well. Take a look at their comments and see if you agree! Best of all, it’s great to see that people far and wide are commenting on the blog and care about the future of the Forest – thanks to everyone who has left comments so far. 

Calls go out for skate park

April 25, 2008

The word on the street is that the Forest (and Nottingham) needs a skate park. After all, skateboarding isn’t just popular with young people, it’s one of those things that you don’t grow out of – once a skater, always a skater. So it’s a great leveller, in that it doesn’t exclude people because of age. There’s a small, local skate park on Maples Street, close to the Forest, but an area of this size could do with a much bigger, landmark park. People would come from around the city to use it, just like people travel to the Forest to play football. Plus, it would be great for Nottingham to be able to hold skate competitions – bringing new people (and sponsorship opportunities) into the city and helping to put Nottingham on the map. After all, we’re one of the biggest cities in the UK so it’s shameful we don’t have a decent size skate park. They’ll always be those who don’t agree, but a site the size of the Forest can easily accommodate something for everyone and young people deserve their own area. Since Maples Street skate park was done up and improved, it’s been home to local children every day of the week, with kids from five to seventeen going down there. I’ve seen for myself that the skate park is well-used and seems to bring young people together, they encourage each other and the older ones teach the younger ones new tricks and so on. The youth workers down there have a similar story to tell so imagine the benefits of having an even larger skate park which could accommodate not only local kids, but young people from further afield? I’ve talked to lots of people recently who agree that a skate park would be good for the Forest and should be considered in the plans for renovating the park. It also has the backing of NDC and some sections of the City Council so watch this space for more. If you agree, make sure you get your voice heard at tomorrow’s consultation meeting or post your comment here. Alternatively, if you have your own ideas for the Forest why not tell us here? 

How would you improve the Forest?

April 23, 2008

Plans to restore the Forest to its former glory are to go on show at a special public consultation event this Saturday, 26th April, 10am – 1pm, at the Djanogly City Academy on Gregory Boulevard.

Not only will the event be a chance for you to have YOUR say about how the Forest should be improved, but you’ll also have the chance to talk to, and ask questions of, the people behind the Forest restoration.

The Forest is one of the most historical parks in Nottingham yet needs huge amounts of money spending on it if it’s to reach its real potential as a place for local people to use and enjoy. The event is the culmination of over four years’ hard work by local people- working with the City Council, local Hyson Green charity the Partnership Council, NDC and a group of local volunteers known as the Friends of the Forest.

Together, those involved have come up with an imaginative and exciting plan to get the Forest back on its feet. Plus, the project is also backed by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. So, as you can see, the team behind the project, backed by local people, are serious about getting the Forest sorted out once and for all!

The project is also being funded with money from the Lottery and the City Council.  Residents can also give their views on the Forest Recreation Ground plans by contacting the Partnership Council on 970 8200 or Eddie Curry, Head of Parks and Open Spaces Nottingham City Council on 915 2733.


Welcome to a Forest For All!

January 15, 2008

This blog is designed to keep you all up to date with what’s happening on the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard – and to give you the chance to have YOUR say!

There are big plans afoot to restore the Forest to its former glory, so it can be enjoyed by local residents, young and old. In fact, we’ve been hard at work for several years spearheading a campaign to renovate the site that was once home to Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottingham Race Course!

Firstly, allow us to introduce ourselves! Collectively, we’re known as the Forest Working Party, and we’re all passionate about the Forest. We represent a whole range of organisations including the Partnership Council, a charity that overlooks the Forest and works on behalf of local residents; Nottingham City Council, Neighbourhood Development Company and campaigners from Friends of the Forest.

We found out before Christmas that the first stage of our lottery bid has been successful so it looks as if we’ll soon have the funding to put our plans into action – watch this space for more!

Our plans include restoring the Forest’s buildings, from the central Pavilion, changing rooms and cafe, to the Lodge on Mansfield Road; introducing new facilities for local residents, particularly for children and young people; renovating historic features such as the Forest’s iron railings and improving things like safety. We’ll post full details of all our plans very soon so be sure to visit our blog again soon!

If you’d like to have your say on anything connected with the Forest – why not post a comment?