Sourcing local materials

Ideas for the gateway are emerging… we’re keen to create a design that’s inspired by the site itself – its geology and wildlife, but made from materials sourced locally from industry.

Ian’s been contacting local manufacturers in the Manton and Worksop area to see what we can use.

We met with Craig at Brunton Shaw’s wire rope factory on Sandy Lane in Worksop.

He showed us round the huge factory where they twist and stretch the metal into vast lengths of rope, and gave us some samples…


Next we visited Pandrol on Gateford Road in Worksop.

They make sprung steel clips for the railways, fastening the tracks to the sleepers, and saw the process of how they took steel bars, melted them in a burning furnace and then twisted into the bendy clip shapes with orange robots…


We’re off to Thoresby Estate wood yard next week for some oak …



Welcome to the Manton Pit Woods Community Gateway Project online.

As part of the redevelopment of the area artists Jo Wheeler and Ian Jones are working with community groups to design a welcome gateway for the woods.

The gateway will be installed by the new car park at the end of June, with a community celebration to mark the event.

You can follow the project’s developments here – we’ll be posting images and updates on our progress, and hope that you’ll contribute by sharing your comments, photos and stories too.

The project is funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme to develop the woods as a great green space for everyone.