Countryside and open spaces

Countryside and open spaces

North Kesteven is the privileged home to a variety of landscapes, ancient woodlands, historic buildings and charming villages. CountrysideNK is a service that combines over 140 miles of Stepping Out walks, 2 long distance Arts & Heritage Trails, nature sites, a wide range of exciting and educational events and the watchNK service which all take place within the district. Take a look below at what’s available - there’s plenty to see and do!

If you would like further information please go to the Hill Holt Wood website.

There are two nature reserves within North Kesteven. You can find more information on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website.

Lollycocks Field, Sleaford

Lollycocks Field’s 5.47 acres of pasture provide an important habitat for many species of plants and animals under threat from the town and the surrounding agricultural farmland.

In 1983, North Kesteven District Council bought Lollycocks Field to safeguard its role as an area of high value to wildlife. It is situated on Eastgate, Sleaford next to the District Council offices, NG34 7EF. A pond was added in the mid-1980s, to further enhance the site prior to declaration as a Local Nature Reserve in September 1993. A small scrape can be found adjacent to the pond. This very shallow water area provides an excellent and safe habitat for pond life.

The area is managed on behalf of NKDC by Hill Holt Wood, an Environmental Social Enterprise and has a successful volunteer group who meet on site once a month. If you have any comments, suggestions or would like to volunteer please contact the Head Ranger on:
01636 892836
countrysidenk@hillholtwood.co.uk

Millennium Green, North Hykeham

North Kesteven District Council is proud to have been managing this 41.28-acre site since being appointed trustees in 2011. It is situated behind the playing fields on Newark Road, North Hykeham and can be accessed by parking in the Memorial Hall Car Park on Newark Road, North Hykeham LN6 9RY.

The sites management plan aims to give visitors a great outdoor facility to enjoy, whilst encouraging natural habitat growth and nature conservation. It features wildflower meadows, hedgerows, a 1 mile foot/cycle path, a picnic area and a dog friendly walking area. It predominant feature is a large lake with viewing areas. In order to further preserve the area, a volunteer conservation group is being formed.

Please make the most of the space and all it has to offer whilst respecting other users.

Hill Holt Wood, an Environmental Social Enterprise, manage the site on the Council’s behalf. If you have any comments, suggestions or would like to volunteer please contact the Head Ranger on:
01636 892836
countrysidenk@hillholtwood.co.uk

You can find information on countryside events in North Kesteven on the Hill Holt Wood website.

Connecting a variety of public green spaces in the heart of Lincolnshire, Witham Valley Country Park covers around 40 square miles of high quality, unspoilt countryside, rich in wildlife and history.

Over the coming years Witham Valley Country Park will improve and increase the connections between the green spaces to give you more opportunities to enjoy walking, cycling, and horse riding. The Park area hosts a wide range of sporting and leisure activities, so that you can have a fun day out with friends and family. Activities include fishing, camping and much more. There is also an 18-hole golf course just a short distance from Lincoln city centre.

The park contains sites of special scientific interest, as well as local wildlife sites, which contain species of flora and fauna that are rare to Lincolnshire. The area is rich in biodiversity and provides habitats that support a diverse plant, bird and insect population, perfect for birdwatching activities.

Witham Valley Country Park has recently undergone huge improvements to it’s play areas. Other areas have award winning cafés and new cycle tracks, and footpaths are being improved throughout the Park to improve access and connectivity between areas.

More information can be found on the Witham Valley Country Park website.

The trail highlighted on the cycle trail map takes you through 2000 years of local history, from the Roman Occupation, through the era of the Knights Templars to the sites of the Second World War. The wide grass verges to the lanes and the stone walls along the route date from the time of enclosure and provide shelter for many small animals and insects and for limestone loving plants.

The trail is easily accessible by cycle from local villages and from Lincoln using some of the quieter back lanes over the Heath. Refreshments are available in the adjacent villages of Navenby and Wellingore.