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First Fun Friday of 2016

Happy New Year to all you Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) members and supporters.
A reminder that our first Fun Friday session down at Spa Ponds will take place this coming Friday, 8th January 2016. We will be gathering at the Clipstone Road entrance at 12 Noon, and we expect to be on site until at least 2 pm. Please join us if you can.
FTNCG fans may recall that Spa Ponds is to be included as a proposed “Local Green space” as part of Mansfield’s emerging Local Plan. Well, you can help this become a reality by taking part in Mansfield District Council (MDC) consultation exercise on the Consultative Draft Local Plan from 11th January to 22nd February 2016. This process will include a drop in discussion type event focussing in particular on the immediate area and wards of Newlands, Holly, Kingsway and Maun Valley. This event is booked for Kingsway Hall from 12 Noon – 4 pm on Wednesday 13th January 2016. You are free to drop in to this event at any time from 12 Noon. Happy to discuss this with anyone who might be interested.
Best New year Wishes,
Shlomo, on behalf of all of FTNCG’s Trustees

2015 Year-end message

Hello All FTNCG Members and Supporters

This has been another great year for the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group – with plenty of attention paid to making improvements to Spa Ponds.
Our thanks go to all the volunteers who have helped FTNCG throughout 2015, and to those who have kindly donated to support the charity, including our Councillors and ASDA.
Volunteers at Spa Ponds Nature Reserve

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Tree Planting at Spa Ponds

On Saturday 21st November FTNCG volunteers planted 50+ more trees at Spa Ponds, including 10 each of Wayfairing, Guelder Rose, Spindleberry, Dogwood, and Goat Willow, and some Blackthorn donated by Charles Cannon. This wave of planting is in addition to the 30 trees from The Woodland Trust (6 each of Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Dog Rose and Dogwood) planted on Saturday 7th November. Continue reading

Can you help solve a mystery of Spa Ponds?

See article at and let us know if you can help shed history on the 100+ year old Paper-bark Birch trees on Spa Ponds.

Report and Accounts, and Annual General Meeting (AGM) Minutes

FTNCG’s 2015 Report and Accounts (covering the period 31 March 2014 – 1 April 2015) was made available at our AGM on the 6th of May 2015. Minutes of our AGM are available from here. Continue reading

New Site Management Plan for Spa Ponds

SpaPondsRoundedSpa Ponds Nature Reserve, located off Clipstone Drive near Garibaldi Wood (with an entrance opposite the White Gates pub), is a local wildlife site that is also a valuable part of our mediaeval heritage. Continue reading

New Spreadsheet of Forest Town Wildlife Sightings

FTNCG gathers sightings of wildlife in Forest Town. See our 2015 Sightings Spreadsheet for a summary of what our members have seen this year. Our sightings forms are listed below under the heading of ‘FTNCG Forms and Documents’, and we encourage everyone in Forest Town to record what they have seen and to send it in for our records. In March 2015 FTNCG sent the official recorders more than 1,300 FTNCG‐recorded sightings covering the period July 2012 ‐ March 2015, and we have already gathered over 700 further sightings to submit in our next batch.

FTNCG is now a registered charity

Lorraine signing the FTNCG Constitution
On 14th July 2014 the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) approved our new constitution with the charitable purpose to “promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in and around Forest Town”. This enabled the Charity Commission to formally register FTNCG as Charity number 1157957. Continue reading