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, James Healy, John Gibson, Mark Fretwell and Phil Goodall.

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:


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

There will be something for everybody to do to help improve nature conservation at Spa Ponds (weather permitting), including dead hedging, de-silting, thinning and pruning trees

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

  • Work Day on Wednesday 25th of July, meeting 9am at Clipstone Drive entrance. See Facebook event
  • Work Day on Saturday 25th of August

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

  • Nothing currently planned.


Formal notice of FTNCG AGM (5th July 2017)

Dear Member / Supporter of the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG),   I write to formally notify you of FTNCG‘s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM).    This meeting will be open to the public, and the formal business of the AGM will be followed by a short break … Read More »

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 »
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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
  • The BT MyDonate facility available via

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)


Photo Galleries:

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


FTNCG Contact Details