Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group Updates & Events

Plant Sales 2018

The Plant Sales on Saturday 5 May at Coleorton Wood and Saturday 19 May at New Lount Nature Reserve were a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to raise 844 for Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group. This will go a long way towards new tools and equipment for the group to continue their work.

We very much appreciate the support we had on both days.

Review of 2017

John Macdonald has written a report on the activities of the Volunteer Group during the year:

This is now the 7th year the group has been in existence and we have made fantastic progress over that period of time. 2017 has been a really great year when, with the help from other organisations, we have been able to achieve the greatest ever number of volunteer hours.

Launch of New lount Coal Mining Trail

The Colliery Heritage Trail was opened in May with large numbers attending, together with most of the local dignitaries. This trail has created additional interest in the site and we anticipate an increase in the number of visitors to New Lount.

Clearing Coleorton Wood

The weather wasn't kind in 2017 and we had to spend a lot of time throughout the year clearing and making safe trees blown down by the gales and trees that have become "hung-up". Storm "Doris" subsequently created a large number of fallen trees, mainly in the Post Office Field, and there were other casualties throughout the year. This work requires skills and a very cautious approach and the group has now become very skilled in making these trees safe. We have also spent time strimming the path edges, which we do on a rotational programme; leaving some areas to develop seeds before they are strimmed.

We raised 701.22 from the 2 plant sales in May despite the rain on both days. This was a very good result - thanks to all the people who supported us. Proceeds will help fund our conservation work around the parish.

There is a lot of work to be done and we need more volunteers. These are the kind of tasks you could be involved with >>. If you enjoy being outdoors and working with like-minded people and maybe learning a new skill contact or call 01530 815045.

Read John's full review for 2017(pdf) >>.

Read the report for 2016 >>

Bat Walk & BBQ

batsThe Bat Walk at the end of August was very well attended and it was an ideal evening for spotting bats, of which there were very many. There were three species of bats detected and all those attending had a very enjoyable evening.

More pictures on our Facebook page

Workshop sessions

We hold workshop sessions at the Rangers Workshop at Snibston Discovery Park. During March the workshop sessions have completed one of the two additional picnic tables and is close to completing the second. We will install two of the picnic tables and the two additional bench seats. The remaining two picnic tables will be installed as soon as we can in April. We have also manufactured a special Kestrel nesting box to be mounted on a tall post at New Lount Reserve. Workshop dates >>

We’re always looking for more members to help with the work, both in the reserves and in the workshop. If you’d like to help, join us on one of our work sessions or contact or call 01530 815045.

CNLVG  won the Green Footprints award for 2014 in the Partnerships & Community Groups section. 

They were presented with the award at a gala event on 4th April 2014. Congratulations to all concerned and thank you for your hard work in making our local woodlands better for both people and wildlife.


QEII Fields-in-Trust plaque & new sign installed at Coleorton Wood

qeIIplaqueandsign at Coleorton WoodFollowing the Parish Council getting the Coleorton Wood registered as a QEII Fields in Trust the group constructed a brick plinth on which the QEII plaque has been fixed. A Royal Oak sapling to mark the occasion has also been planted behind the plinth and a special Field Day was organised by the Parish Council on Saturday 18th May, in which the group participated.

The group has also assisted in changing all the signage at the wood to both improve the quality and to reflect that the wood is now owned by the Parish Council.

For more about QEII Fields in Trust see Coleorton Wood page.


New footpath opened at New Lount

New Lount and Coleorton Volunteer Group, helped by employees and building material from Bardon Aggregates and volunteers from The Princes Trust, have spent several weeks building a new public footpath through New Lount Nature Reserve. The  new footpath was opened on Saturday 9th February 2013 by The Chairman of Leicestershire County Council.

Opening of new footpath at New Lount


batsReport on September 2012 Bat Walk

This event, which was at Lount Nature Reserve, was very well attended, and took place on an ideal evening for detecting and recording bats. All those who attended had a very enjoyable time socialising, and were treated to the opportunity to get close up to a live baby bat. The bat walk itself was very fruitful with many bats being spotted, detected and recorded. Overall we recorded 4 species of bats, which were:-

  • The Noctule Bat
  • Soprano Pipistrelle
  • Common Pipistelle
  • A Myotis species possible Daubenton’s Bat

These records have been filed with the Leicestershire and Rutland Environmental Records Centre.

New path and hedge laying at Coleorton Wood May 2011

New pathway and hedge laid by the group at Coleorton Wood April 2011

The group is looking for more members....

so if you’d like to help with the work join us on one of our work sessions or contact or call 01530 815045.



The Volunteer Group at work.