Step 4 of the Roadmap

Everyone should be cautious while the risks of COVID-19 remain high

Keeping parks and public spaces safe while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains

  • Intake Wood is open

In line with Government guidance

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please postpone your visit to the wood and stay at home
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Limiting close contact with people you do not live with will help reduce your risk of catching COVID-19
  • Use the NHS Covid-19 App
  • Use the park and open space responsibly for your daily exercise and wellbeing
  • Please do not drop litter but use the bins provided to reduce the spread of germs. If the bins are full, take your litter home with you and dispose of it responsibly.


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 from Bovis Homes to Newark and Sherwood District Council.

A Tree Preservation Order is placed on the whole of Intake Wood.

Habitat management

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 summer 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.

Community involvement

We are 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.

Please contact Ranger Neil Campbell for more information

Balsam bashing events

Himalayan Balsam is a tall and vigorous plant that can over-grow our native wildflowers and has a negative impact on important native wildlife.

Volunteers are already working on the banks of Nottinghamshire’s five major rivers to eradicate this plant and we need your help to tackle its spread at Intake Wood.

Join the Himalayan Balsam Army and help us to pull out the plants before they burst their seeds and spread.

They are easy to pull up and are not an irritant, and it will be fun!

You'll need to wear appropriate clothing - trousers, long-sleeved top, sensible shoes - and you'll need to bring your own pair of gloves.

For more information contact Ranger Neil Campbell

Summer update from our park rangers

Park rangers undertake regular inspections and litter picking in the wood. We ask that walkers please take their litter home or use the litter bin 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.

Volunteering tasks are being planned for the summer with the Miner 2 Major project team and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Contact us to get involved.

Forest school

Available in our parks in Newark, Ollerton and Clipstone for summer 2021.

Book places for our fun outdoor learning programme with our park rangers.

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!

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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.

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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.

BBQ's, campfires and fireworks are NOT permitted in the park

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