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