Chilwell Meadow Nature Reserve


This one hectare reserve is a fragment of the wet meadows that were once common in the Trent valley. It owes its importance as a herb-rich meadow to the high water table and poor drainage and to fertilisers and herbicides not being used on the site.

Wide ranges of plants are present including marsh arrow grass, adder's tongue, ragged robin, marsh marigold, lesser stitchwort, pignut, yellow rattle, bird's foot trefoil and common spotted orchid. May to July is the best time to visit the reserve.

The reserve is being managed as a hay meadow and is cut after the flowers have set seed in late July/early August.

The reserve (SK518355) is to the left of the entrance road to Chilwell Comprehensive School/Chilwell Olympia. The site is open to the public but please keep to the footpath. Cars should be parked in the sports centre car park. For the purposes of SatNav use NG9 5HQ.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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