Brook Park is 37-hectare site that is home to specially recreated limestone grassland, providing a rich haven for diverse wildlife.
On warm summer days the meadows can be alive with butterflies and other insects. One type of butterfly in particular, the Dingy skipper, which has been spotted at Brook Park, has suffered serious declines in its numbers nationally. Dingy skippers need meadows like these and so it’s important they are cut very year to ensure the plants they need, like Birds foot trefoil, do not get overgrown by long grass and scrub.
Brook Park, Mansfield, Nottingham, NG19 8LP
Site size: 37 hectares
Open all year round
On street parking
A network of footpaths comprised mainly of non-bonded crushed material. Most are around 1.5 metres wide, but there are narrower trails through wooded areas which are unsurfaced. Paths vary in gradient from flat to 1:10 or steeper. There are a limited number of seating areas at varied intervals throughout the site, most in excess of 500m apart. Access onto site is through access control barriers which permit motorised buggies.
Walking, cycling, horseriding and wildlife watching
Dingy Skipper, which has been spotted at Brook Park, has suffered serious declines in its numbers nationally. Dingy Skippers need meadows like these and so it’s important they are cut very year to ensure the plants they need, like Birds Foot Trefoil, do not get overgrown by long grass and scrub.
Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Sherwood Forest, Willow Tree Family Farm
One of a number of North Derbyshire collieries sunk in the 1890s, Brook Park was substantially modernised in the 1960s. After closure in the 1980s, the land was acquired by the East Midlands Development Agency and restoration began on the old colliery site in 2003.
Restoration took place in a number of phases, including the planting of some trees to create 19 hectares of woodland. A major feature of the Brook Park restoration was the planting of hedgerows along the highway verges and also where existing field boundaries were and this has helped create sheltered meadows. In total an incredible 10 kilometres of hedgerow have been planted at Brook Park and provide a valuable wildlife habitat, as well as being important in recreating a traditional landscape.
The Land Trust, working with our managing partners Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield, is ensuring these areas are kept in the best condition, supported by funding from the Forestry Commission through the Woodland Improvement Grant.
The 37-hectares of green infrastructure at Brook Park that surrounds the business development site are important for a number of reasons. The green spaces provide an attractive backdrop which is a crucial factor in the desirability of the business park. They act as a shop window to the wider Brook Park regeneration initiative.
The spaces are also community and wildlife assets to local residents, which are ‘green corridors’ to the wider community woodland.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Charles Langtree or call 07920 727357
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