National land art competition

National land art competition – Tour of Britain

National land art competition – The Tour organisers have launched a national competition for the best and most eye-catching land art along the route of this year’s race, inspired by the admirable efToggle forts of our great county last year.

We’re encouraging residents, community groups, schools, businesses and land owners to take part in the competition – the challenge is set to raise the baaaa even higher this year!

Register your National land art

Register your piece with the organisers for a chance to win and to appear on the live TV coverage. The winner will receive a trophy and commemorative Tour of Britain prizes, presented in person by Race Director Mick Bennett, while the runner-up and third-place finisher will also take home trophies for their efforts.

The idea of land art is to turn fields, hills, gardens or any open spaces into unusual art displays. It doesn’t have to be too complicated, ambitious or even cycling related, it can as simple as using items to spell out ‘Welcome to Notts’. Other ideas for land art include:

  • Mowing a giant shape/image into a hill or field 
  • Painting old, unwanted bikes yellow and putting them out on display
  • Creating giant posters or banners on buildings along the route  
  • Colourful flower displays in the shape of a bicycle in gardens 

Remember the art needs to be big enough to be seen from the air and if you are planning on creating something, please seek permission from the land owner of course.

Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Last year’s Nottinghamshire stage in particular saw several fantastic examples of land art created by community groups and this has inspired us to encourage people across the route this year to show their support and get creative.

The baaaa has already been set by our very own local farmer Des Allen, whose sheep-based land art went viral on social media during the 2017 race.

Des said: “We were staggered by the response that our small efforts received last year. We did it as a bit of fun and the response was fantastic.  I would urge people to have a go; from a little bit of effort it is sometimes amazing the response you receive.”

Get Social

Don’t forget to share photos of your creative displays on FacebookTwitter and Instagram with #NottsToB

Launch Event

Our launch event from Friday 29 July at Trent Bridge Cricket ground


2017 Gallery

Take a look through our gallery and video’s for inspiration. 


  The Tour’s video of national land art pieces from last year



 Created by Newark Air Museum



Created by Girton Boating Club



Created by Newstead Primary School

Helen Woodward, Head Teacher, at Newstead Primary school: “We certainly enjoyed the day, what a unique way to begin our new academic year! We were glad of the TV helicopter coverage of our bike and that it was worth the planning and effort.
Flooding prevention project complete in Hucknall

Flooding prevention project complete in Hucknall

Flooding prevention project complete in Hucknall – A £430,000 project to reduce the risk of flooding on a Hucknall street has been completed by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The project involved the installation of a 450mm diameter surface water pipe and new gullies on Thoresby Dale, which will take flood water away from the low point on the road into existing storage tanks.

These measures were designed following an in-depth study which was carried out by the County Council in partnership with Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency and Ashfield District Council following the 2013 floods. 

The latest works complement the flood relief culvert that formed part of the Hucknall Town Centre Improvement Scheme.

The funding was thanks to Flood Defence Grant in Aid (£50k) and Local Levy (£380k) which are funding schemes administered by the Environment Agency. 

More than £6.4 million of external funding investment is available to support the Council’s main programme for flood protection schemes in the county.

Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Communities and Place Committee said: “The residents on Thoresby Dale have already suffered two major flooding incidents in the last ten years, so these improvements will give them extra protection to help prevent further flooding.

“This project forms part of our long-term flood risk plan, which also includes a flood prevention scheme due to start on Titchfield Park Brook in the town.”

Thoresby Dale resident Bill Ward was instrumental in pushing for the improvements. He said: “There has been flooding on this road pretty much all of my life but in recent years the flooding has got much worse and has gone into people’s houses.

“It’s heart breaking to see all the damage the flooding causes – the ruined flooring and plastering and everything.

“I could see how things could be improved and the Council has listened to my suggestions which is great. There is not much more they could do to stop flooding here in the future.”


Proposed First World War memorial design revealed

Proposed First World War memorial design revealed

Proposed First World War memorial design revealedProposed First World War memorial design  – A design for the new memorial to remember Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s fallen from the First World War has been chosen after an extensive design competition and public consultation.

The monument is part of the 100 year centenary commemorations of the 1914 to 1918 First World War.

The winning design, proposed by Letts Wheeler Architects, will display the names of the 14,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians at Victoria Embankment, incorporating a roll of honour for armed services fatalities from the whole of the county and will be the first of its kind.

The chosen memorial is an elevated, circular design allowing a protected space for reflection. A 5 metre high monument will feature in the middle of the memorial, explaining the purpose of the memorial and with space lower down for poppies to be placed in the lead up to Remembrance Day and other events. Lighting underneath these holes will create a stunning effect at night for visitors.

Currently, there are hundreds of individual memorials to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Great War fallen, scattered across the county and further afield in parks, workplaces, churches and other locations – but nowhere that brings together all of their names in one place.

Names of the fallen will be etched into the circular stone surrounding the monument, with lighting atop the ring to illuminate the surface and the names to attract visitors and to allow quiet reflection at any time. Space has been built in to the monument for wreaths, poppies and memorials, and the names will be visible for both able and disabled visitors.

The winning design, one of three options to be shortlisted, was a favourite amongst public and politicians.

The memorial is being commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, working with the seven district and borough councils, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw, Ashfield, Broxtowe and Mansfield.

£50,000 still needs to be raised for the project. Local businesses and residents from across Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to contribute, which can be done online.

Colonel Tim Richmond, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, said: “I believe this Memorial which honours the Fallen from our City and County in the Great War will be a fitting tribute to their sacrifice. Bringing together the names from some 700 Memorials across the City and County and some names which have never been recorded on a Memorial, together with the County’s Roll of Honour which is online, records the details of all those who died their names will truly live for evermore.”

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The proposed memorial is a respectful and fitting tribute to the fallen of Nottinghamshire. The little details like space for poppies show that a lot of thought and consideration has gone into this design, so now the fundraising efforts are important to make this a reality.”

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The winning design was the overwhelming favourite amongst everyone I spoke to and I am delighted it has been chosen. It will serve as a powerful and poignant reminder about the ultimate sacrifice those 14,000 people made for us. I sincerely hope the public and businesses of Nottinghamshire get behind the project by making a donation, however small, to help us make this wonderful memorial a reality.”


Battle of Stokefield

Battle of Stokefield to be start of new history trail

New history trail to commemorate ‘forgotten battlefield’

Battle of Stoke Field banner

The year is 1487. The sun glints off the armour of 7,000 dead soldiers that lay strewn across the battlefield and the nearby River Trent runs red with their blood… but this isn’t Bosworth or Hastings, it’s a forgotten field 

Map showing the route of the opposing armies to the Battle of Stoke Field

in Nottinghamshire.

Nowadays Stoke Field Battlefield, just outside Newark, is just an empty field but is the location of the last battle of the infamous Wars of the Roses. Now the scene of this bloody conflict, which rewrote the history books, is being brought back to life in a joint project between Nottinghamshire County Council and the Battlefields Trust.

A new history trail, featuring five oak panels which describe the background to the battle, the bloody events of the day and the aftermath, will bring the fascinating untold story of this bloody battle to a new audience.

Visitors will also be able to travel back in time by downloading videos, starring re-enactors in full historical costume, who tell the harrowing, first-hand accounts of the people who were actually there and experienced the battle. Further information about the trail, including the videos, is available from 

The Battle of Stoke Field on 16 June 1487 was the last major engagement of the Wars of the Roses (1455 to 1487), between contenders for the throne of England from the houses of Lancaster (red rose) and York (white rose).

The Battle of Bosworth Field, two years earlier, had established King Henry VII on the throne, ending the last period of Yorkist rule and initiating that of the Tudors. But the Battle of Stoke Field was the final, decisive engagement in the subsequent, ill-fated attempt by leading Yorkists to unseat him in favour of the pretender, Lambert Simnel.

It’s believed the battle may have been slightly larger than Bosworth, with much heavier casualties, possibly because of the terrain which forced the two sides into close, attritional combat.

In the end, though, Henry’s victory at the Battle of Stoke Field was crushing and decisive, with almost all the leading Yorkists being killed.

Further information about the battle is available from the UK Battlefields Trust Resource Centre.

Kevin Winter from the Battlefields Trust (East Midlands Branch) said “In 1987 there was a major re-enactment and battlefield trail created, but the information panels were long ago moved into the bell tower of St Oswald’s Church. We have had a long term aim to install new panels that will inform people about the events that happened on the ground they are walking on. Thanks to our partnership with the County Council and in particular Laura Simpson we can now realise that aim. We also need to thank the local landowners for their permission to erect the panels and urge visitors to respect the fact that much of the trail is across private land.”

Laura Simpson, Heritage Tourism Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council said “This battlefield deserves to be remembered as a piece of local history that has national significance and as the final resting place of thousands of people who gave their lives for their cause. Had the battle gone the other way, our nation’s history would have been very different”.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, added: “We are delighted that this project will recognise our county’s only registered battlefield. Our heritage is important to us and our sense of place. The Battle of Stoke Field history trail project aligns perfectly with the County Council’s aspirations to make more of Nottinghamshire’s heritage and tourism offer.

“Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors and contributes £1.8 billion per year to our local economy. Visitors will be encouraged to visit our area, stay longer and enjoy our sites and scenery which all play a part in telling the story of who we are and the role Nottinghamshire has played in shaping the history of our nation.”

The Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Mrs Sue Saddington will attend a special event to launch the new history trail on Saturday 16 June. This event will take place exactly 531 years to the day that the battle happened and will feature a gunpowder salute from re-enactment group, the Beaufort Companye. 

Centenery Landmark

Centenery Landmark – Lancaster bomber project

Council gives lift off to Lancaster Bomber landmark project

Centenery Landmark – Nottinghamshire County Council is backing exciting plans by the Bomber County Gateway Trust to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force by constructing a huge Lancaster Bomber landmark next to the A46, between Newark and Lincoln.

The Council’s Policy Committee gave the go-ahead to contribute £10,000 towards the £100,000 project at its meeting today, on the 75th anniversary of the daring Dambusters mission during the Second World War.

The sculpture, located at Norton Disney, north of Newark will stand 30 metres (98 feet) high – 10 metres taller than the Angel of the North in Gateshead. It will depict an Avro Lancaster in flight and have a wingspan of 31 metres. 

As well as honouring the RAF, and the 125,000 air crew of Bomber Command, which had numerous bases across the two counties during the Second World War, it’s anticipated that the sculpture could become a major tourist attraction in its own right, bringing significant economic benefits to the whole of Nottinghamshire.

Centenery Landmark

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said that the new monument would be “an iconic landmark for the entire East Midlands region”.

Councillor Cutts said: “The Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary this year, which is an appropriate time to celebrate its numerous links with Nottinghamshire – including being the location for 15 military airfields during World War 2, home of ‘Dambusters’ composer, Eric Coates and Rolls Royce, where the engines that powered the Spitfire and Harrier Jump Jet were developed,

“The proposed Bomber Command memorial next to the A46, between Newark and Lincoln, is being brought forward by the Bomber County Gateway Trust and will be a stunning tribute to 125,000 Bomber Command aircrew who served our country, especially those 55,000 who were killed in action.

“As well as honouring the bravery of Bomber Command, I believe the memorial will be a significant landmark and major draw for visitors – providing spin-off economic and tourism benefits to businesses and attractions across Nottinghamshire, including the nearby Newark Air Museum. It will be an iconic landmark for the entire East Midlands region”.

Further information about military airfields in Nottinghamshire, monuments and other links to the RAF is available to download from the County Council’s Aviation in Nottinghamshire publication.

Vanessa Strange from the Bomber County Gateway Project, said: “The Trust is delighted to have Nottinghamshire County Council on board as part of the team delivering this wonderful installation. The sculpture will be a full size replica of a Lancaster Bomber, a plane integral to the history of both Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, so it is very fitting that the plane and all that it represents will become an iconic structure on the County boundary.

“Nottinghamshire County Council has been enormously supportive and their offer of support going forward is a huge step on our journey to help this project take flight.”

Councillor Sue Saddington, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, joined veterans of Bomber Command, including Squadron Leader George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, the only surviving member of the ‘Dambusters’ squadron, for a ground-breaking ceremony at Norton Disney yesterday. Images from the event:

The Bomber County Gateway Trust is aiming to raise £35,000 from public and business donations towards the cost of the new monument. Donations should be made via their Just Giving page

Robin Hood Energy

Robin Hood Energy is looking for stories of Kindness

#NottinghamIsKind do you agree? Submit your kindness story today!

Robin Hood Energy is looking for the kindest person in Nottingham, can you help?

Nottingham is Kind – You can nominate yourself, a friend, a coworker or even a total stranger you saw on the street. Robin Hood is just looking for the kindest person to reward them this Summer!

We’ve all seen people help out the homeless community in Nottingham. Perhaps you’ve seen a teenager take time out of their day to help an old lady cross the road. Whatever it is, clichéd or something totally out of the ordinary submit it to Robin Hood Energy on Twitter using the #NottinghamIsKind hashtag.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, find someone who does to submit it for you. Alternatively, if Twitter is just inaccessible, or you’d prefer it, you can email the Kindness Team at the following email address:

Just remember to put #NottinghamIsKind in the subject of the email. The prize is yet to be announced but ultimately, we’re looking forward to seeing Nottingham come together as a community, a kind one at that.

In a time where politics is dividing the nation, it would be nice for a city in the heart of England to bring people together, even if it is just for one day.

With Nottingham Kindness Day on the 27th July, it’s crucial we pull together and show why Nottingham and the East Midlands is a great place to be!

You can see the story from Robin Hood Energy here:


New Job Vacancies at Sherwood Forest

New Job Opportunities – Sherwood Forest

The RSPB are recruiting for several new posts in Sherwood Forest

If you would like to work at the new Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre and have the appropriate skills to fill any of the posts listed below the RSPB would like to hear from you. You can find the details of the roles and the skills and qualifications required for each post can be found by clicking on the individual job titles.

These are all new posts and they are not roles which are  currently being done by any of the team at Sherwood – and they will be in addition to the NCC staff that the RSPB take on.

Your application

Because recruiting the right people is so important to the RSPB our managers deal with their own vacancies and each role will give you details of who to contact for questions and who to send your completed application to.

Our role profile and additional information (where applicable) tell you everything you need to know. 

Depending on the type of role we may ask you to complete our application form or send in a CV with a supporting statement. Please make sure you follow the instructions for the role you are applying for. 

When applying it’s important that you don’t just tell us what you can do. We want to know how you have applied your skills, knowledge and experience and how this will help you succeed in the role you are applying for.

What happens next?

The RSPB is committed to keeping you informed about your application.

Once you have submitted your application we will confirm it has been received immediately and let you know if you have been selected for interview within four weeks of the closing date. 

If you are selected for interview we will contact you to make the necessary arrangements. 

Our interviews are conducted by a panel of at least two people and are competency based.

We will let you know in advance if there will be any practical tests or if you need to prepare a presentation. 

You will have the opportunity to ask us questions about the role and how we work. We will also let you know when to expect to hear about the outcome of the interview.



£8.9m development for older people unveiled

£8.9m development for older people unveiled

£8.9m development for older people unveiled – Extra care facility in Newark officially opened on the 24 April 2018

A PIONEERING development providing much-needed housing for older people with additional support needs has been officially opened in Newark.

Gladstone House, a state-of-the-art scheme in Lord Hawke Way, off Bowbridge Road, has 60 purpose-built units over three levels, including 40 extra care apartments. Facilities include communal areas, rooms designated for activities, a sensory garden and commercial kitchen. 

Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes and Homes England have worked in partnership to deliver the flagship £8.9million development.

Social care and health partners were involved in the design of the project from the outset to co-locate social and health care services alongside quality accommodation.

The scheme includes advanced assistive technology to reduce care costs and prolong residents’ independence, including state-of-the-art toilets, and deals with issues of isolation with extensive community facilities.

Extra care units allow older personswho would otherwise need long-term residential care, to live as independently as possible with the reassurance of support with care when needed with care staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week . This contemporary style of independent supported living, aims to reduce moves in to residential care, minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges.  Providing a high quality of life for tenants and maximising the use of the public pound. There are also  eight assessment apartments to  enable early discharge from hospital, thus supporting the wider health agenda to minimise hospital admissions and speed up hospital discharges. 

The Council’s housing management company, Newark & Sherwood Homes, provide housing support to all residents at the scheme complementing the extra care provision.

Councillor Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This excellent housing complex provides superb accommodation for residents needing additional support and is very much part of the district council’s ambitious plans for housing growth.

“We will continue to work hard to deliver new, affordable housing to meet the needs of residents across the district. The district has an ageing population evidenced through our housing register which is a key influence in terms of the housing that is provided.

“This project also demonstrates the real value of working in partnership, which has enabled us to maximise funding opportunities, in meeting the district council’s strategic objectives.”

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We want to offer older persons who have support needs in Nottinghamshire as much choice as possible and extra care is a realistic alternative to residential care as it offers residents the on-site support they need whilst providing a home environment with kitchen and bathroom facilities.

“I’m delighted we have a brand new extra care scheme in the heart of Newark which has been supported by the County Council as part of our plan to increase ‘housing with care’ places in the county.” 

Rebecca Rance, chief executive at Newark and Sherwood Homes said: “As the District Council’s housing management company and the project manager for the delivery of Gladstone House it is responsible for the ongoing management of the property and supporting tenants in their new homes. We are pleased that it has been delivered to such a high standard, on time and on budget. We are delighted to have welcomed the first tenants and we look forward to providing excellent services to tenants in their new homes.”

Caroline Cormack, Head of Homes Ownership and Supply for the Midlands for Homes England, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to fund Gladstone House, helping older people in Newark through the delivery of high quality new homes and the associated facilities to help them to continue to live independently.”

Contractors Henry Boot Construction officially started work on the site in August 2016. The scheme is the result of a successful bid for £1.5m of funding from the Department of Health’s Extra Care and Support Programme, administered by Homes England, and funding from both councils as well as Newark and Sherwood Homes.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director with Henry Boot Construction, said: “We are proud to have been involved in this important development, working collaboratively with all involved to design and create an exceptional extra care housing facility that will benefit the community for years to come.”

Gladstone House is next to the new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre and close to the site for the YMCA’s proposed new pioneering sports and community village which will engage residents through a variety of sport activity programmes and facilities to improve health and wellbeing. Other land close by has been earmarked for market housing through the district council’s new development company.