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.

The Great British Spring Clean (POSTPONED)

FTNCG were hoping to run a session at Saa Ponds and a session at Rushpool as part of the Great British Spring Clean on Saturday 3rd March 2018, but due to the weather this has been postponed until the weather improves. We’ll let you know when we have a new date!

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 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Spa Ponds Fungi Talk will be held at the Flint Avenue Community Centre on Saturday 28th April 2018, from 10am. The business of the AGM will be followed by a talk from Ann Ward about the various types of fungi found at Spa Ponds (to be confirmed).

All are welcome to tea, biscuits and to join the discussions, which will include a consideration of the recommendations in our Heritage Management Plan – Map to Flint Avenue available via:

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


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):

  • The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed (see above)
  • Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10am – 1pm
  • Work is also currently being carried out on an ad-hoc basis – let us know if you want to get involved.

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

  • The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed (see above)


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 »

Formal Notice of FTNCG 2016 AGM

I write, in accordance with our constitution, to formally notify you of FTNCG's 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on Wednesday 4th May 2016. 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