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Partners tackle anti-social behaviour in Blidworth Woods

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A major drive is being launched by Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and littering in Blidworth Wood, near Mansfield.

The 700 hectare (1750 acre) Forestry Commission beauty spot is one of the most popular in Nottinghamshire with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  It is also a haven for wildlife.

But the enjoyment of the many is being spoilt by the irresponsible actions of the few. 

Now as part of the new initiative, Newark and Sherwood District Council will carry out a major day-long clean up operation on Tuesday (3 August) to rid hotspots, including the main car park on Blidworth Lane, of unsightly rubbish.  Nottinghamshire Police and the Forestry Commission are also stepping up their patrols to monitor the site.

The partnership approach, which also involves Nottinghamshire County Council, is the best way of tackling the area’s problems, explained Forestry Commission ranger Byron Wibberley:

“Blidworth is a popular wood with all age groups and we take very seriously the increasing level of litter and anti-social behaviour. People need to release their wider responsibility to the community.  These are cherished woodlands and we hope this approach will produce dividends and reassure the public.”

Andrew Muter, Chairman of Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership, said:

“We are aware that this area is frequently being spoiled by anti-social behaviour and littering. As a result, the partnership will be working with the Forestry Commission to take action against those responsible, and once again make this an enjoyable place for all to visit.

“Working together we will monitor the site and take appropriate enforcement action. If you witness any behaviour in this area that causes you alarm or distress, or see any littering, please report this to Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999.”


Blidworth Woods are located near the southern section of Sherwood Forest and consist of pine woods and open heath. Two car parks serve the wood. Longdale Lane has a surfaced trail and refreshment cabin and Blidworth Bottoms has a horse corral.

Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to

Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 07753 670038

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