The Queens Wood Project
Queens Wood is leased (from Rushcliffe Borough Council) by Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council. It is located at the western end of Azimghur Road, off Dark Lane. In terms of its history, it was formerly a playground, accessed from Azimghur Road. Houses in the vicinity date from the 1950s, but the bungalows to the north are more recent.
The play equipment was removed over a decade ago but the concrete bases remain and have largely greened over. In winter/spring 2015/6, the land around the concrete bases was planted with 200 shrubs and 30 trees. The project involved the Parish Council and Archbishop Cranmer Church of England Primary Academy. The plating was carried out in celebration of the Queens 90th birthday and following a competition at the school the site was named ‘Queens Wood’.
Having historically been mown, management was relaxed for a number of years and a rough grassland with shrubs/ trees has established. In late summer 2019, Emec Land Management, a subsidiary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust cut the grass, to help maintain the site and to increase biodiversity, in line with the management brief.
The closest site of nature conservation interest is the River Smite Local Wildlife Site, which is located approximately 50m to the south. Old Grantham Road, a minor road borders the site to the south, housing lies to the north and east, with arable land to the west.
The main habitat types present (described in Joint Nature Conservation Committee Phase 1 Habitat classification) are neutral grassland, broad-leaved plantation, scattered and continuous scrub, hedgerows and scattered trees.