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Cotgrave Country Park

Following the closure of the Nottinghamshire Collieries, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Forestry Commission entered into a partnership with British Coal to restore 8 former colliery sites.

The proposal was to re-shape the pit tips and develop each site in a way that would benefit wildlife, improve the landscape, produce timber and provide recreation opportunities.  At Cotgrave the earth works commenced in August 1997.  The basic facts and figures of the restoration include:

  • 60 hectares of the site have been restored to new country park including the creation of new ponds, wetlands, broadleaf woodland and open space.
  • 60 hectares has been restored to agriculture.                                           
  • Over 2 million tonnes of earth has been moved around the site
  • Over 5 kilometres of new stone roads and paths have been constructed
  • Horse gallops and bridleways have been provided
  • A new Scout Camp area has been created
  • To date over 120,000 trees have been planted

(Note: The old pit head has been retained for development and does not form part of the Country  Park)

Cotgrave Country Park is management by Nottinghamshire County Council Environment Department:-

Contact:     Ted Wooddise/Lee Scudder

                 Nottinghamshire County Council, Environment, 1-3 Diamond Avenue, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7GN

                 Tel: 01623 827 329

                 Fax: 01623 751 846

                 email : or


Management Aims and Objectives:

  • to promote and provide recreational public access for all abilities
  • to increase the Biodiversity of the site and provide opportunities for wildlife
  • to encourage and increase community involvement on the site
  • to provide opportunities for Education
  • to improve the aesthetic appearance of the site within the surrounding landscape
  • to diversify agricultural areas for the benefit of wildlife
  • to manage the woodlands in a sustainable manner.

A Draft Management Plan has been produced, and will be circulated for consultation shortly.

 If you are interested in becoming involved in the future decision making and management of Cotgrave Country Park or have any comments, please contact: Ted Wooddisse or Lee Scudder at the above contact details.

Interest groups

Friends of Cotgrave Country Park.  The Friends Group provides an opportunity for a wide range of Interest Groups to meet and discuss site issues and the management of the Country Park from a local perspective.  The Group also aims to promote the Country Park through site based activities including practical conservatiaon tasks and other events.

The group meets every six week at Cotgrave Futures on Candleby Lane.

Cotgrave Diamond Angling Club: The Club lease the Main Lake, with Club fishing only (no day tickets).  The Club have undertaken a considerable amount of work to establish what is becoming a very successful fishery.  They have also undertalem conservation tasks and work closely with Ash Lea School and local Youth Groups in providing opportunities for young people to fish at Cotgrave.


The next meeting of the Friends of Cotgrave Country Park will be held on Tuesday 19th July 2005 at 7.30 at Cotgrave Futures, Candleby Lane, Cotgrave.



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