What we do

What we do

The Friends of Sharphill Wood is a nature conservation group run by volunteers in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. Sharphill Wood is a Local Nature Reserve (statutory designation granted in January 2010 which allows Rushcliffe Borough Council to legally protect the Wood) and a non-statutory Site of Importance to Nature Conservation.

This is great news for wildlife and it means that the friends group can actively participate in hands on conservation work, fund raising and reserve management. Rushcliffe Borough Council own Sharphill Wood and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is paid by the council to facilitate this Friends’ Group and others to maintain reserves within Rushcliffe Borough. With their vast knowledge, experience and support we can work within a well-developed and strong framework to a five year Management Plan agreed between all parties.

We meet once a month (except in August) usually at a member's house and newcomers always made to feel most welcome. The group has been meeting since January 2008 and we have a well-established Constitution, Public Liability Insurance, sets of audited accounts since inception, and Health and Safety policies. Several Friends are certified First Aiders and each work party is risk assessed. Instruction is given in the use of tools and in the techniques needed to carry out the work.

Work Parties - Now We Need Your Help!

The work party schedule, based on Management Plan priorities, is constantly being revised by the Group and supervised by the Work Party Coordinator. Key priorities are to reinforce the outer boundary of the Wood, mark the rights of way clearly and make them easy to follow, and discourage trees such as sycamore that impinge too greatly on other more desirable species.

Other activities that need to be undertaken:-

  • Working with local schools and youth groups to develop activities for children and young people
  • Fundraising
  • Publicity material for the group
  • Updating the web site
  • Learning new practical skills
  • Attending short courses in skill development, e.g. coppicing
  • Monitoring of the wood (e.g. Use by dog walkers)
  • Surveying of species
  • Attending nest boxes
  • Administration support
  • Litter picking

Become A Volunteer

Voluntary help is the bedrock of any conservation project or group and we hope that this information will help inspire you to get involved and join us in making a difference to our local wildlife and community green spaces. We need to ensure that our children can inherit this beautiful site with as great a diversity of species as possible. Please visit the contact page for details on how to get in touch.