About

Manton Pit Woods Community Gateway Project

Manton Pit Wood is a large woodland on the restored Manton colliery tip that lies to the South East of Worksop. The site is owned and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council as a community woodland open to the public to use and enjoy, however due to anti social behaviour the site was forced to close three years ago.

Much has been done in those three years including work to upgrade the footpaths for walkers, landscape improvements and most importantly for community access, a car park off Retford Road. Local groups and organisations are keen to support the re-opening of the woodland, which is also becoming an increasingly important habitat for wildlife.

As part of the redevelopment we have received funding to work with the community on a six-month project to design a welcome gateway for the site, and Artists Jo Wheeler and Ian Jones have been commissioned to make this happen. The project will culminate in June 2014 with a community event to celebrate the gateway’s installation

The plan is to:

  • build and install a gateway entrance sculpture to welcome visitors to the site.
  • work with local groups in hands on design workshops exploring the wildlife of the site to inform creative ideas for the gateway.
  • work with local groups in hands on design workshops exploring the wildlife of the site to inform creative ideas for the gateway.
  • make links with local businesses to source local building and recycled materials for the gateway.
  • engage the wider community in building and sharing a wider knowledge about the site’s wildlife, geology and history.
  • build a legacy of interest and engagement in the site to support future community development projects.

We want to ensure this project is embedded within the community and raises interest and awareness of Manton Pit Woods to celebrate the site and share it with others.

Contact:

If you would like to learn more about the project, get involved or share your own stories or memories about Manton Pit Woods please get in touch with Jo Wheeler on 07815749403 or email: info@jowheeler.co.uk

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