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Green Spaces

The Countryside Code

Respect everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the environment

  • take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • take care with BBQs and do not light fires
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors

  • check your route and local conditions
  • plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

While required obey social distancing measures

Access to the Countryside

Green spaces
When visiting sites, please use public transport, walk or cycle where possible. Find out more about using green transport.

Some areas have been opened to the public through government grants to landowners.

The Woodland Trust has a website with details of woodlands to visit online at Woodland Trust Visiting Woods.

Places to Visit

Green spaces open to the public within Rushcliffe:

  • Bingham Linear Walk - See Bingham Linear Park 
  • Bunny Old Wood - See Bunny Old Wood   
  • Cotgrave Country Park - See Cotgrave County Park
  • Dewberry Hill - Heath and wood, in an open space above Radcliffe-on-Trent. Access is by the public footpath surrounding the site. Managed by Radcliffe on Trent parish council
  • Fishponds Wood, Owthorpe - See Fishpond Friends 
  • Grantham Canal - See Grantham Canal
  • Gresham Marsh - A grazed pasture with marshy areas. Access from Wilford Lane. Owned by the Environment Agency
  • Holme Pierrepont Country Park - See Holme Pierrepont Country Park
  • Keyworth Meadow - See Keyworth Meadow 
  • Large Green and Little Green, Car Colston - Areas of traditional common land within the village. Access is via roads and public footpaths.
  • Manor Farm Park and Woodlands, East Leake - See Manor Farm
  • Meadow Park, East Leake
  • Naturescape Wildflower Farm, Langar - See Naturescape
  • Orston Millennium Green, Orston - See Orston Millennium Green Trust
  • Radcliffe-on-Trent River Cliffs - A walk following the top of the river cliffs. Mostly tarmacked and flat. Access from Rockley Park, Park Road,
  • Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington - See Rushcliffe Country Park or Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park
  • Sharphill Wood, Edwalton - Friends of Sharphill Wood
  • Skylarks, Holme Pierrepont - See Skylarks Nature Reserve
  • Springdale Wood, East Bridgford
  • Sutton Bonington Meadow and Copse - A four hectare site containing grassland, woodland, a dyke and a pond. Ridge and furrow patterns can be seen in the meadow. Adjacent to the River Soar. Owned by Sutton Bonington Parish Council.
  • The Hook / Trent Field, Ladybay - See Friends of The Hook
  • The Green Line - See Green Line Conservation
  • Upper Saxondale Community Nature Reserve This is an area of informally managed grassland area with hedgerow and tree boundaries. An area of woodland and wildflower meadow and a circular path were installed in 2006. owned by Upper Saxondale Resident Association.
  • Wilford Claypits - See Wilford Claypits
  • Willoughby Wood, Willoughby on the Wolds - See Willoughby Woods
  • Wilwell Farm Cutting - See Wilwell Farm Cutting

Please see also our Nature in Rushcliffe [PDF] leaflet which can be downloaded from the related documents box on the right hand side of this page.

Further Information on many of these sites can be seen on these websites:

South Notts Wildlife

Rushcliffe Wildlife Sites

Rushcliffe Big Green Book

The Rushcliffe Big Green Book was developed with the support of the GreenSpace project at Nottingham Community Voluntary Service and is a directory of nature-based activities and opportunities around Rushcliffe.

The book is now delivered in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Primary Care Network and Nottingham Community Voluntary Service  and sets out local activities and groups across the Borough to help people choose an activity that is local and easily accessible to them.


Documents to download


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