This park was originally a private estate, acquired by the City Council and opened
as a public park in the 1920's.
Within the park lies The Grange, a 19th century Grade II listed manor house which
sits amidst a mix of landscapes including formal gardens, green houses, grassland
and small wooded areas. The Grange itself is a Grade II listed building, which is
presently occupied as Parks Department & Council offices
There is also an 18 hole pitch and putt course and two football pitches, the Tropical
House, a 'sunken garden' with water feature (unfortunately more often out of action
than working) and a train sculpture at the entrance to the old railway bridge. There
is also a small memorial garden and an outdoor ‘theatre stage'
The Plant Nursery at Woodthorpe
The park is home to the main City Council Plant Nurseries, where bedding plants are
grown for decoration of roundabouts and other parks throughout the City of Nottingham
Greenhouses have been part of the park's make up since its conception in the late
19th century. Rebuilt in 1994 they now provide the vast majority of flowers and plants
used for Nottingham in Bloom
Tours of the Greenhouse can be arranged with the Nursery Manager.
This park is an easy three mile journey by car, with the main entrance and free car
park accessed from Woodthorpe Drive., off the Mansfield Road
It is also within easy reach by any City bound bus from the Rise Park terminus, alighting
at Mansfield Road Sherwood and taking a very short walk up and over the hill to the
Mansfield Road entrance
Wildflowers & Conservation
New wildflower areas were created in 2003 to improve the conservation value of the
park and help provide an important resource for butterflies, insects and associated
Upwards of 1 hectare of wildflower area has now been created, largely on banked
areas that have little or no recreational value.
The Tropical House
Dating back to the redevelopment of the greenhouses, the heated Tropical House now
holds a variety of plants and trees, including a banana tree and small fish pond.
Easy to miss - entrance is towards the back of the Grange. See interior photo below
The tropical plant house, with its small fish pond, can easily be missed, being tucked
away at the back of the Grange in the Nursery section of the park, but is well worth
Opening times vary and are displayed on the entrance gate.