Please be careful when walking in the woods

To protect growing wild garlic and bluebells at the far side of the woods we have cordoned off several newly created paths through the woodland, either with blue rope or small piles of logs and branches.  Please keep to the main path to avoid damaging the plants that make this nature reserve such a beautiful place in the spring.  Also, please always try to keep to the original main paths to protect the woodland from damage.

Posted 27th February 2021


Over 1 million trees. And growing.

We’ve joined the I Dig Trees phenomenon with TCV – helping local communities plant even more carbon-busting trees in 2020.  We planted 100 broadleaf trees in Gedling House Woods on 1 December – Alder, Beech, Hornbeam, Oak and Silver Birch. Get your FREE trees and make a difference –

Gedling House Woods was established in about 1800 and in the 1950s most of its mature beech trees were felled for timber.  Unfortunately, they were not replaced and, over the years, the woods have re-seeded themselves with ash and non-native sycamore.  Many of these self-sown trees reached the end of their life in the last few years and have either fallen or been felled because they were dead, dying or diseased. This has left clearings in the woods. This month we have replanted them with 100 I Dig Trees saplings. The Beech, Oak and Hornbeam have been planted mainly along the main lower pathway, with the Alder and Silver Birch closer to the meadow, where there is more light.  

Posted 3rd December 2020


GAR boundary update

All the felling of trees for the GAR is now complete and we are in discussion with VIA East Midlands about replanting during the winter. New fencing is due to be installed shortly. 

Unfortunately, local people have taken it upon themselves to undo some of the work our volunteers have been doing for their own personal gain. One of the log pile habitats we created has been partly dismantled and logs removed (now rebuilt) and someone has taken a chain saw to the large tree trunk close to the GAR. We sited this to serve as a seat with views over the Trent Valley, and someone has removed a considerable length of wood.

No one should be using a chain saw in the woods now until the annual tree check later in the year, and certainly not at the weekends. If during a visit to the woods you do notice anyone using a chain saw, please contact us

Posted 29th October 2020


New wildlife habitat piles

FGHW has made good use of some of the logs left by the contractors felling the trees on the GAR boundary. We have created two new wildlife habitat piles in the woods close to where the trees have been felled. The two piles will take some time to mature but will provide shelter for small mammals and insects.

These logs are not considered fallen trees as they have been brought into those positions specially to support wildlife. They should not, therefore, be moved.  They are also very heavy!

Posted 5th October 2020


Tree removal along the boundary of Gedling House Woods with the Gedling Access Road (GAR)

Visitors to the woods will have noticed some substantial felling of trees on the boundary with the GAR. This piece explains the reasons behind their removal. 

Boundary issues
During the planning of the GAR it was discovered that the fence marking the edge of the woods is not in the right place. Over a length of about 100m it follows a straight line when it should move to about 1m into the woodland, creating a very slight deviation. This has been checked on Land Registry maps. The impact of this is that some mature sycamore trees are precisely on the boundary and where the new fence to the GAR will be situated. They need removing.

The embankment
The GAR at this point is in a cutting approximately 3-4m deep. Land constraints mean that the embankment is very steep at this point. A specialist arborist has advised that the spread of many of the boundary trees means that excavating the embankment will cut the main anchor roots of these trees and destabilise them.

Overhanging branches would in any case need to be removed. Not felling them would leave Gedling House Woods with a high risk that the trees would blow over in the wind in due course. Given that most lean away from the woods, they would fall into the GAR, damaging the new fence. After handover, the new fence (and, of course, the trees) would be the responsibility of Friends of Gedling House Woods (FGHW). To deal with fallen trees in that situation would mean some considerable cost to FGHW, given the access issues from the GAR.

Additionally, some of the trees close to the boundary are not in a good state. With two exceptions (one ash and one wild cherry) the trees are all self-seeded sycamore. These are not native species and were not originally part of the woodland.

We have assurances from VIA East Midlands that replanting will be more extensive than we first thought. Marginal hawthorn, rowan and hazel will form a low-level hedge-style boundary with the GAR just this side of the new fence. Additionally, we expect to plant a number of beech and oak trees in gaps caused by the felling, and to replace the wild cherry. At the moment, we are not in a position to determine how many trees and where they will be sited. We will meet VIA East Midland’s environmental landscape planner once the cutting and the new fence are in place.

While felling trees is never welcome, the risks associated with leaving them and the offer of replanting with more appropriate species mean that removal of trees along the boundary line is the most acceptable solution. This has been agreed with Gedling Borough Council.

Posted 29th September 2020


Annual Report

Our annual report for 2020 is now available here:
FGHW Annual reports

Posted 20th July 2020


Annual General Meeting *UPDATE*

Our AGM has been postponed, and will now be in October. Date and time to be confirmed

Updated 22nd May 2020


Meadow and Woodland Management Plans

We’ve updated the meadow and woodland management plans. These can be downloaded from here:
Woodland management plan
Meadow management plan

Posted 22nd May 2020


New Map for 2020

We have an updated downloadable sketch map of the woods and meadow, showing the pathways. This can be downloaded from our Maps page, or from here:

Posted 22nd May 2020


Record Sheets

We have record sheets available that will help you to catalogue and record what you may see in the woods and meadows. If you would like to help with cataloguing, then please fill out a record sheet:

FGHW Record Sheet
FGHW Butterfly Count Sheet

Posted 18th June 2019


2019 Survey Report

The results of our 2019 survey can be found here:
2019 Survey Report

Posted 10th June 2019


EnviroGrant Project Report

Last year we bid for, and received a grant from Veolia to help our volunteers with the maintenance of the meadows and woods. We used this to purchase a portable chipping machine, and below is our report.
EnviroGrant Project Report for Veolia

Posted 16th July 2018


Safeguarding children in the woods and meadows

Dog walkers please be aware that children from Daisies Day Nursery regularly use the woods and meadows as part of their Forest School activities. They mainly use the top of the second meadow and the woodland to the north and east of the third meadow. Many of these young children are frightened when a dog rushes over and jumps up at them, no matter how friendly the dog is.

We understand that you may not always see the children from the distance, particularly in the woods. If you do see children in the woods and meadows, though, please put your dog on a lead and keep your dog away from the children.  Please remember it is your responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times.

The prime times for Forest School activities are 9.00 to 11.30 am and 2.00 to 3.30 pm. Please be particularly vigilant at these times.

Posted 25th April 2018