Scouts on planting duty

Kimberley Scouts planting event
Kimberley Scouts planting event

Kimberley Scouts (pictured) marked the completion of major improvement work to the ponds and woodland at Watnall Spinney by planting wildflower plugs.

The event also included other activities in a workshop led by the Greenwood Community Forest with partners Broxtowe Borough Council.

Dawn Radford, akela at 2nd Kimberley Scouts, said: “All the leaders said how much they enjoyed the visit and messages from parents show that the Scouts loved it. We all want to come back again.”

Broxtowe Borough Council’s parks and open spaces officer, Chris Riley, said: “It was great to see the enthusiasm shown by the Scouts in getting their hands dirty to carry out practical conservation work at the site.”

Watnall Spinney, off Trough Lane, was designated a Local Nature Reserve by Broxtowe Council in 2012 and is a haven for wildlife.

The Scouts planted bluebells and primroses, as well as aquatic plants around one of the ponds to encourage biodiversity. They also removed some sycamore growth following major tree work on the site.

The Scouts, who live close to the Spinney, also spent some time using a bat detector to record bats hunting for insects.

There will be further visits by local Guides, Brownies and Cubs when further management work will take place as well as activities such as bird box making and a butterfly survey.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3507, email or visit