Brierley Forest Park
Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 2PE, UK
About Brierley Forest Park
Brierley Forest Park, Sutton in Ashfield was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2006. It contains Calcareous grassland, sown grassland, wildflower meadows with hoary ragwort, yellow-wort, wild carrot and lesser trefoil. There are four wetland feature areas, Brierley Waters, a reed swamp, Rooley Brook and the visitor centre pond. There are species rich hedgerows, woodland and semi natural vegetation.
Attractions near Brierley Forest Park
Kings Mill Reservoir was originally a medieval mill pond, in 1837 William Bentinck the fourth Duke of Portland increased it's size by building a dam and flooding 72 acres of farmland, this would supply water all year round to the mills further down the river Maun and was completed in 1839. This lake in Mansfield has a nice walking trail to follow around the perimeter of the water. The trail runs for just over a mile with nice views across the lake and lots of waterfowl to see too.
Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. Built between 1590 and 1597 for Bess of Hardwick, it was designed by the architect Robert Smythson, an exponent of the Renaissance style. It is fully open to the public and received 298,283 visitors in 2019. Ownership of the house was transferred to the National Trust in 1959.
Sherwood Observatory stands in a perfect position to explore the wonders of the night sky. Built in 1986 for the Mansfield & Sutton Astronomical Society it’s now set to reach new heights. With ambitious plans announced this week, the observatory is poised to develop a visitor attraction that’s out of this world. There is a club meeting room that hosts society meetings and lectures and also serves as a lecture theatre for the public on open evenings.
Mansfield Museum is a local authority museum run by the council in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. The five galleries of Mansfield Museum contain a fascinating mix of contemporary and modern displays, from the exquisite Buxton watercolours and Pinxton porcelain to the hands-on XplorActive environment gallery.
A beautiful historic park which offers a mix of open grassland with mature trees, woodlands, gardens and rockeries with ornamental features from earlier periods including a Grotto and a Victorian Glasshouse and more recently a bandstand was erected which is located to the centre of the park. The house dates from the early nineteenth century, with the parklands set out to provide an appropriate setting for the building.
Thieves Wood consists of 200 Hectares of mainly Pine forests. The site is also suitable for cycling and horse riding nd walking. Hundreds of years ago,trees from these woods provided timber for the construction of Nottingham Castle.Since that time they have virtually remained untouched until 1976 when violent storms destroyed thousands of mature trees.
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Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based at County Hall in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.