It's the old nature reserve between Beacon Hill Road and Sleaford Road, just below the cycle path bridge.
|The entrance steps|
Once upon a time, there was a sign here by the stairs, marking the entrance. I think it was run by the council rather than Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and I have no idea why it was abandoned. Possibly due to its apparent use as a late night party venue by the local folk, perhaps lack of budget.
|Snowdrops in bloom|
|The drainage ditch|
There's plenty of evidence that is used as a drinking den, but I was actually surprised at how tidy it was relative to my worst fears. I was thinking it would be knee deep in beer cans and other detritus. You might be shocked that I consider this better than I expected.
|Beer can dam|
|Voddy and coke, anyone?|
The fact is, that given a bit of love and attention, and some community support, this would be a pleasant little oasis between two busy roads. There is plenty of life down here; blackbirds and dunnock are bathing in the water, sparrows are "singing" in the bushes, and the trees are budding out.
|Unidentifed budding, almost like mini magnolia|
|Life with the lichens|
Someone needs to adopt it, get it tidy, and make sure it is looked after. Sadly, this may be too much to ask, but I'm glad to bring attention to a neglected piece of open space that could actually be of benefit to the public.
|Looking back from Sleaford Road exit|