Young Trees Need Water!

As exceptionally dry conditions continue this summer in Ruddington, and another spell of unusually hot weather sets in, a Ruddington ‘Tree Warden’ is highlighting the plight of many trees recently planted around our village. With various schemes available for residents and groups to carry out tree planting in both public and private spaces, usually with the trees provided for free, Ruddington nature lover Geoff East is highlighting the fact that we can’t just stop there! “Saplings and young trees need to be watered during the drought conditions we are experiencing” advises…

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On The Verge of Paradise

Ruddingtonians who have a reason to walk via the private, gravel road between Clifton Road and Fairham Close will almost certainly have spotted a slightly odd L-shaped patch of previously overgrown land on the corner, just outside the western gates of ‘Paradise Gardens’ Allotments. Its custodians are Ruddington Parish Council, which also owns and manages the allotments but, due to a restrictive covenant, has found it quite difficult to know what to actually ‘do’ with this relatively small, extra ‘green’ area.  A fence erected recently was removed hastily when it…

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Five Years of Free Trees

With concerns about our warming climate brought into sharp focus this week by record-breaking temperatures, eco-conscious Ruddingtonians may be pleased to hear that we can now apply for more FREE trees this summer. For the fifth year running, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is offering residents the chance to make our properties greener without charge. It’s part of the authority’s stated strategy “to provide sustainable environments in line with the Borough’s significant housing and employment growth in the coming years”. This is certainly the case for Ruddington, where hundreds of new homes…

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Where’s Ruddington’s Royal Oak Gone!?

So many concerned villagers have been contacting RUDDINGTON.info over the past fortnight, asking this question, we thought we’d better publish a quick update for you. As previously reported, Ruddington’s new ‘Royal Oak’ tree was kindly donated by villager Barbara Breakwell for Ruddington Parish Council (RPC) to plant on The Green during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. There was fanfare, ceremony and much interest as Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards was invited to do the tree planting on June Village Market day – alongside an attractive, stone-mounted plaque, already in situ. However, shortly…

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Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

A Royal Oak Tree, which has been growing in the garden of a former Ruddington Parish Councillor for a decade, has now taken pride of place on our village green; whilst one of Ruddington’s biggest employers has added a new Hornbeam Tree in its grounds at Ruddington Hall. These new trees (pictured above) are just the latest additions to ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ in Ruddington to celebrate Her Majesty’s seventy years on the throne – with the former being planted by MP for Rushcliffe Ruth Edwards during the ‘Platinum Jubilee…

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More Green Time … Less Screen Time!

A Ruddington based nature group, run by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, is inviting more village children aged between 8 and 12 to get involved with its monthly sessions. Leader Geoff East from the Trust says: “Nature is a human need – central to the quality of our most fundamental needs, as well as our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If society is serious about supporting green initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, we need to find ways in which we can all contribute. We must ask ourselves how…

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How Do YOU Use Rushcliffe Country Park?

Most villagers consider ourselves very fortunate to have over 200 acres of recreational green space right on our doorstep, at the southern edge of Ruddington. Since being created, thirty years’ ago, Rushcliffe Country Park has become a magnet for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers in general – as well as hosting numerous, regular events including the weekly walks, park runs and the brand new skatepark, which all attract visitors here from far and wide. Now the many users of Ruddington’s Country Park ark are being asked to give their opinions in…

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Go Wild in June!

Now that ‘flaming June’ is here, can you do one wild thing a day throughout the whole of the month? Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust believes you can! Whilst its monthly ‘Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife Watch Group’ was put on hold last year, due to COVID-19 concerns, it is planning an autumn programme at Rushcliffe Country Park this year – which is set to commence from the second Saturday in September. Meantime, the already reduced level of Coronavirus restrictions means it’s again possible to run this June challenge safely whilst still observing ‘social distancing’ rules, etc. ’30 Days…

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Our Tree Planting Parish Councillors

Did you know Ruddington Parish Council has a new ‘Tree Planting Working Group’? It’s been formed to improve biodiversity and create spaces for nature within our village. Long before the announcement earlier this month about ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ to mark her Platinum Jubilee, Councillors Graham Fletcher, Holly Law, Leo Lanzoni, Ken Piggott and Chloe Lewington had already decided to put their efforts into making Ruddington a more attractive place to live and work – although most of their own activities are limited to Parish Council land or property. Recently,…

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Ruddington Speaks on Nature Conservation

With protecting our natural environment increasingly at the forefront of many people’s minds, one agenda item at this Tuesday evening’s Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) Cabinet Meeting is attracting particular interest amongst villagers. On September 28th last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the ‘Leaders Pledge For Nature’ at the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, along with 64 other countries, seeking to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. The pledge states: “We are in a state of planetary emergency: the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change”. The Chartered Institute for Ecology…

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