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Lights and music in the great outdoors!

Park ranger news and activities

November 2015

If ice in November will bear a duck, the rest of Winter'll be slush and muck.


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Diwali Delights Despite Downpours

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Diwali was a confirmed success this year again across the City.

A free event based in and around Nottingham Lakeside Arts built on the success of last years first ever Diwali on Highfields Park. The event included a fire installation, tealight Rangoli, Mehndi and also Diyas-making which were then floated on the lake creating a beautiful spectacle on the water.

There was also a parade of light led by Dhol drummers which featured local school children and their lanterns.

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Over 2000 people attended the event despite the rainy forecast. The clouds finally abated however in time for the parade which marked the start of the event allowing all the festivities to flourish. 

Many other schools got involved in Diwali across the city including these children from Year 3 at Blue Bell Hill Primary School in St. Ann's.

Ranger Steve D. led the classes in the making of their own clay Diyas. The class decorated them inside and then went outside to add natural art decorations to them.


Remains show it was not just birds that sang in the woods

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The University of Nottingham Conservation Society have made an exciting discovery at Highfields Park.

The student volunteers have been working with Ranger Steve C. in the parks' dense woodland area clearing vegetation and creating a new path network. Overgrown rhododendrons and bramble were cut back to reveal 8 sockets that appear to be the original base for the uprights of an old bandstand.

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The old bandstand is believed to have been part of the original park design layout from the 1920s. It can be seen on this historic picture in the bottom left corner with its original canopy and steps leading up to it. The steps have now been partially uncovered next to one of the sockets and work will continue with the students to uncover the structure over the rest of the academic year. 

The woodland improvements form part of the larger restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery which will start in the New Year. The parks' ranger Steve C. will be holding two more 'Restoration Rambles' this year where you can learn more about the project.

The dates are Sunday 22 November 1pm and Saturday 5 December 1pm.

For more details visit; www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/whatson


Historic windmill sails into the spotlight once more

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The Park Ranger service has been very active at Green's Windmill and Green's Mill & Garden lately working with Windmill Improvement for Neighbourhood Development (WIND) and Friends of Green's Mill (FOGM).

Improvements have included regeneration of beds outside the mill, tidying of entrance areas and repainting of railings and benches and other features with the help of business volunteers from Boots, Browne Jacobsen, Co-op and Ingeus.

Rangers Simon and Steve D. recently helped out at the Green's Windmill Garden Project of planting a native sapling hedgerow in partnership with the Sustainable Travel Collective and Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens.

The hedgerow was a Wild Harvest pack supplied by the Woodland Trust and included Hazel, Blackthorn, Crab Apple and Dog Rose. Cycle Ride group cycled from Arwright Meadows Community Gardens to deliver the saplings and helped to plant the trees along with Year 6 pupils from Sneinton C Of E Primary School.



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