Covid-19 January Update
We would like to reassure our wood visitors that your health and safety is of utmost importance.
We have had to make some decisions in the best interest of our visitors and staff.
- Intake Wood is open
- Our volunteer working groups are taking place again following strict Covid-19 safety precautions
- Forest Schools and many park events have been cancelled
We believe these are the most responsible decisions to make at this time. We will continue to monitor this developing situation and share updates as soon as they are available via our website and social media channels.
In line with Government guidance
- if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to the wood and stay at home for 14 days
- Stay 2m apart from one another and be considerate of others
- Do not visit the wood in groups. You are allowed to exercise within your household or bubble
- Use the wood responsibly for your daily exercise
- Please do not drop litter but use the bins provided to reduce the spread of germs
History of the wood
Intake Wood lies within the heart of the historic Sherwood Forest area, with the land originally forming part of the medieval Royal Hunting Forest. At that time traditional habitats would have been a mix of heathland, acid grassland and scrub with areas of oak birch woodland. Since the 20th Century the landscape of Sherwood has changed dramatically and this is very evident in Intake Wood which was used as a commercial forestry plantation.
The underlying soils are created from the Triassic Sherwood Sandstones of the region and are nutrient poor, pebbly and free draining.
Until 2002 Intake Wood was under private ownership. Once development of the Cavendish Way was completed in 2006 ownership of the wood was transferred to Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Intake wood covers almost 13 ha comprising of mostly commercial pine (Scots and Corsican) with small pockets of semi-natural broadleaf trees including oak and birch.
The aim for the site is a slow reversion to native oak-birch woodland with areas of heathland regeneration along the wayleaves and rides.
We have recently commissioned EMEC Ecology to appraise the wood and produce a 10 year Habitat Management Plan. The draft plan will be available for consultation in spring 2021.
The plan will involve partitioning the wood and thinning / removing the pine, slowly reverting the site to native oak-birch. We will aim to maintain a mosaic of woodland habitats and glades, create standing deadwood habitats and manage the wayleaves as heathland and acid grassland.
We will create supplementary habitats for local wildlife including installing bat and bird boxes and create areas of bare ground for bees, butterflies and burrowing insects.
The plan will include community involvement and we will provide opportunities for locals to get involved with volunteer task days. Hopefully there will be enough local interest and involvement to form a 'Friends of Intake Wood; group.
It is proposed that Intake Wood be designated as a Local Nature Reserve as soon as the new habitat management plan has been adopted.
Beginning Spring 2021 we will be encouraging community involvement with the wood and in doing so we hope to increase local people's awareness and enjoyment of the site.
There will opportunities for scrub bashing and removing invasive species including Himalayan Balsam. There will be opportunities to plant hedges and trees and create wildlife habitats as well as monitoring and surveying local wildlife.
Winter update from Ranger George
Rangers Matt and George undertake regular inspections and litter picking in the wood. We ask that walkers please take their litter home or use one of the litter bins at the park entrances. Also if anyone sees motorbikes or quad bikes in the wood please report this to the local Clipstone police using 101. We are managing the wood for wildlife and motor vehicles cause damage, as well as spoiling the wood for families and dog walkers.
Available in our parks in Newark, Ollerton and Clipstone
Book places for our fun outdoor learning programme with park rangers George and Matt.
Intake Wood events 2021
We are planning a programme of regular volunteering events including wildlife monitoring, scrub maintenance, balsam bashing and habitat creation.
Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts to find out about our events and join in the conversation!
Miner 2 Major
Miner to Major is an exciting five-year land management project (2019 to 2023) supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The scheme is delivering a range of projects that celebrate and help protect the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved with volunteering, have-a-go activities, restoring natural habitats, monitoring threatened species, planting hedges and trees, improving walking tails, free training and up-skilling courses, surveying historic buildings, learning traditional crafts and learning about local legends and heroes.
There are opportunities to take part in activities at locations including Rainworth Heath, Budby Forest, Sherwood Forest, Vicar Water Country Park, Intake Wood and Sherwood Heath.
Sky lantern and balloon release ban
Sky lanterns and helium balloon releases are now banned in our council parks.
The decision has been made due to concerns about the environmental impact of the balloons and risk to the public and animals.
Help us to protect the park
Help us prevent fire, litter and wildlife damage.
BBQ's, campfires and fireworks are not permitted in the park.