Archive for May, 2011

The Trent Vale Landscape Partnership supports the production of renewable energy to move to a more sustainable approach to energy generation and use. We believe that if developed on an appropriate scale and in the right locations renewables have the potential to provide significant benefits and funding to the Trent Vale area. However, the production of any renewable energy in the Trent Vale must be in line with our key objectives of conserving and promoting the local landscape, habitats, heritage and increased access. Individual partners will respond to specific applications for renewables directly through the planning process, in line with their own expertise and responsibilities.


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Every Wednesday
From 10am to 11am
Sconce and Devon Park, Boundary Road, Newark

Everyone is welcome and all walks are ideal for beginners. Free of charge.

For more details call the healthy lifestyles officer for Newark and Sherwood District Council, Stuart Green on 01636 655707 or email: stuart.green@nsdc.info

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The Springhead brewery began life in 1990 at Sutton on Trent, so called because it was situated by the bend in the Trent known as Springhead. It was one of the earliest and smallest microbreweries in England. The brewery has now outgrown this site and has recently moved to a converted old mill in Laneham. This will provide much more space for increased production, as well as better offices, a huge chill room, a bar and visitor centre.

Meg’s bar will open towards the end of June on Thursday evenings 5pm to midnight, Saturdays 11am to midnight and Sundays 11am to 10pm. All beers produced here have been given names that link it with history and the English Civil War such as The Leveller and Roaring Meg.

For more information or to arrange a brewery tour, contact Springhead Brewery, Robin Hood Site, Main Street, Laneham, Retford, Notts DN22 0NA, Telephone: 01636 821000 http://www.springhead.co.uk/

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Saturday 11 June
10.30am onwards on Besthorpe Playing Field (opposite the old school) just north of Collingham

Besthorpe Parish and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust invite you to a fun-filled day with stalls, family activities, food and drink and even a welly-wanging competition! Who will win the coveted Welly Wanging Trophy?

The Trust will be taking volunteer groups to have a go at reed planting on the Besthorpe Nature Reserve as well as children’s pond dipping.

Just turn up or for further details please contact Lee Schofield or Aron Hughes at the NWT Office on 0115 958 8242

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Water vole. Photograph: John Smith, NWTAn exciting chance to look for field signs of the endangered water vole, as well as other riparian mammals such as mink. We will also look at the habitat suitability of the canal and give you the ability to survey your local stretch of waterway for water voles. This course is run by Britsih Waterways and the Notts Wildlife Trust.

Tuesday 21 June 9:30 – 13:00

Chesterfield Canal, Misterton 

Meeting place – carpark off Station Road, approx grid reference SK 776 948. Please bring sturdy boots or wellies and clothing appropriate to the weather. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Call Jenni Hignett on 07896 954695 or email jhignett@nottswt.co.uk for more information and to book a place.

To view the full poster click here or see our events page.

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BTCV Level 2 Environmental Conservation students have been busy over the last couple of weeks installing fencing at Besthorpe Nature Reserve. The reserve is a disused gravel quarry that is currently being restored to a nature reserve by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It will open in June 2011.

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BTCV wildflower ID courseFive students attained a NCFE certificate last Friday in how to identify Trent Vale flowers. This free BTCV course was funded by Trent Vale and was held at Marton in Lincolnshire.

Students started off by finding, dissecting and drawing a wild flower. They learnt how to describe each character and how to use botanical keys to identify species.

‘It was very interesting,’ said one student ‘ I learnt how to use a key to identify plants to family and species level.’

BTCV are currently finalising their free short courses for 2011, which will include tree identification, introduction to surveying, grass identification, fungi identification, introduction to woodland management, willow coppicing, making living willow structures and wreath making.

Anyone interested to receive information about any of the courses should contact: Sue Coy s.coy@btcv.org.uk or contact BTCV East Midlands, Chestnut Grove, Burton Joyce, Notts, NG14 5DZ Tel: 0115 931 3316.

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