Nature Conservation Group

Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG)

FTNCG Logo 2015 TranspThe Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) works to improve nature conservation sites within and around Forest Town, including Spa Ponds and the Rushpool Open Space. Our charitable object is to “promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in and around Forest Town”. The Trustees of the charity are: Shlomo Dowen (Chair), Richard Smith (Vice Chair), Lorraine Dowen (Secretary), Josh Dowen (Treasurer), Alan Alberry, Rose Powell, James Healy, and Ross Lacey.

Spa Ponds Heritage Project

Spa Ponds Nature Reserve has some fascinating history, and to celebrate its 700th anniversary we have set up this project to find out more about the use of the site from medieval times to present day, and celebrate its heritage and to work together to produce a plan to manage the site’s heritage based on our research and sense of place. Click here to read more about the Spa Ponds Heritage Project.

Upcoming FTNCG Meetings and Events

Forest Town Nature Conservation Group meetings and events are open to the public and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Saturday 13th May 2017 (from 10am) – Fungi Walk at Spa Ponds organised by Nottinghamshire Fungi Group
  • Friday 2nd June 2017 (11:30am-2:30pm) – Introduction to Archaeological Field Work with Matt Beresford of MBArchaeology at Flint Avenue Community Centre (This is part of the Spa Ponds Heritage Project)
  • Saturday 10th June 2017 (10am-1pm) – Tree training with Mark Fretwell at Spa Ponds (This is part of the Spa Ponds Heritage Project)
  • Saturday 17th June 2017 (10am-3pm) – Geology Workshop at Flint Avenue Community Centre (This is part of the Spa Ponds Heritage Project)
  • Wednesday 5th July 2017 (7pm-9pm) – FTNCG Annual General Meeting at Forest Town Arena (Welfare) Sherwood Room, followed by Heritage Project presentation
  • Friday 7th July 2017 (10am-3pm) – Mediaeval History Day School at Flint Avenue Community Centre (This is part of the Spa Ponds Heritage Project)
  • Saturday 16th September 2017 – Spa Ponds Heritage Project Stall at Forest Town Craft Market (10am-2pm), Kingsway Hall
  • Wednesday 4th October 2017 (7pm-9pm) – FTNCG Meeting at Forest Town Arena (Welfare) Sherwood Room, featuring Matt Beresford who will share community archaeology findings from Spa Ponds
  • Saturday 14th October 2017 (10am-1pm) – Spa Ponds Heritage Project exhibition at Mansfield Museum
  • Wednesday 1st November 2017 – FTNCG Meeting at Forest Town Arena (Welfare) Sherwood Room
  • Wednesday 6th December 2017 – FTNCG Meeting at Forest Town Arena (Welfare) Sherwood Room

For minutes of previous Committee meetings, see the FTNCG Minutes Archive.

UPCOMING Spa ponds WORK DAYS

FTNCG carry out volunteer work on wildlife sites. If you wish to join in then please contact us in advance via spa.ponds@gmail.com

Rushpool Oepn Space – Workdays (see Rushpool Open Space Facebook page):

  • Friday 9th June (1:30pm – 3:30pm) – Clean-up Mansfield Day, meeting at ASDA side of Rushpool Open Space off The Bridleway

Spa Ponds – Workdays (see Spa Ponds Facebook page):

  • Work also currently being done on an ad-hoc basis – let us know if you want to get involved.

FTNCG News

New trees identified in Spa Ponds tree map/database

FTNCG's tree map/spreadsheet has been updated to include a new area (which we call 'EMEC5b'), including mainly young trees and some intriguing damsons. Read More »

Spa Ponds Heritage Project Announcement

The Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) has been successful in attracting Heritage Lottery Fund money to help pay for the Spa Ponds Heritage Project. Read More »

FTNCG stall at the Forest Town Village Market

FTNCG Mugs and Cards will be for sale at Forest Town Village Market, Kingsway Hall, Saturdays 20th August & 17th September from 10am to 2pm. Read More »
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Spa Ponds Nature Reserve

Map of Spa Ponds Nature Reserve – Click to enlarge

  • Local Wildlife Site purchased for the community by FTNCG in May 2014 and maintained by FTNCG volunteers
  • Free to access and open to the public (walkers, cyclists and horse riders)
  • Main entrance off Clipstone Drive, opposite White Gates Pub, Forest Town
  • Medieval ponds with links to the historic Clipstone Park and to King John’s Palace in Kings Clipstone
  • Wildlife includes water vole, birds, toads, damselflies and dragonflies

Walking around Spa Ponds:

Donating to FTNCG


Donations to the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group can be made by any of the following means:

  • A cheque made out to: “Forest Town Nature Conservation Group” posted to: 25 The Birchlands, Forest Town, Mansfield NG19 0ER
  • Bank transfer to the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group bank account, Sort Code: 089299 Account Number: 65459324
  • The BT MyDonate facility available via https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/foresttownnatureconservationgroup

FTNCG is Charity number 1157957, which means donations are potentially eligible for Gift Aid. Those making donations should consider whether their donations would be eligible for Gift Aid, because if they are then they should fill in a Past, Present and Future Gift Aid Declaration Form or a FTNCG Single Donation Gift Aid Declaration Form.

Volunteering Opportunities

FTNCG Members and Supporters are asked to help by:

  • Liking our Facebook page and posting photos of Forest Town wildlife to it
  • Becoming a member and coming to our meetings, events and work days (see above)
  • Making or growing products to share and sell
  • Recording and monitoring species (see forms below)
  • Helping research and document the heritage of Spa Ponds and Clipstone Park
  • Spreading the word about Conservation and Heritage activities in Forest Town, and helping us promote the work of the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group

FTNCG Forms and documents

Click here for third-party websites and documents of interest to FTNCG members and supporters (including a list of FTNCG affiliations)


Gallery

Photo Galleries:

Also visit the Stintings Lane page for some lovely photographs of this ancient track way in Forest Town.

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