Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG)

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The 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),  James Healy (Vice Chair), Josh Dowen (Treasurer and Secretary), Alan Alberry, Diane Simpson, John Gibson, Lorraine Dowen, Mark Fretwell, and Phil Goodall.

Upcoming FTNCG Meetings and Events

2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

FTNCG will hold our AGM on Wednesday Morning, 16th September from 9am. This AGM will be held virtually, and members will be able to attend via Zoom or telephone dial-in. For details please contact


FTNCG is looking for volunteers to help with a river-narrowing project scheduled for Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of October 2020. The project will involve working in the River Maun near Spa Ponds and the Packman’s Bridge to install brash bundles to help prevent erosion of the bank and reveal the river bed to support fish to spawn in the Maun. If you wish to join us then please contact us in advance via

Spa Ponds Nature Reserve

Map of Spa Ponds Nature Reservation

Map of Spa Ponds – 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 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

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.

You can also buy Robin Hood Lottery tickets with some of the proceeds going to FTNCG:

If you use Amazon to shop, you can also support FTNCG via AmazonSmile:

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 at Spa Ponds Nature Reserve (see forms below)
  • Helping research and document the heritage of Spa Ponds

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)


FTNCG Contact Details

  • Phone Shlomo on 01623 640 134
  • E-mail
  • You can also contact us via our FTNCG and Spa Ponds Facebook pages