Appeal to relocate Bulwell’s Dovecote

07-2566-1'''Jackie Morris, of Friends of Bulwell Bogs, inside the newly-renovated Dovecote in Commercial Road, Bulwell.
07-2566-1'''Jackie Morris, of Friends of Bulwell Bogs, inside the newly-renovated Dovecote in Commercial Road, Bulwell.
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A COMMUNITY group want to move Bulwell’s historic dovecote to a new site.

The building dates back well over 300 years and housed birds which were kept as a food supply for the nearby Strelley House, which was Bulwell’s first school.

A special feature of the dovecote, a grade two listed building, is that it still has its original nesting boxes.

The plan would mean the dovecote being dismantled and possibly rebuilt on the award-winning Bulwell Bogs recreation park, next to the River Leen.

The Friends of Bulwell Bogs feel that the building should be much more prominently sited than in its present position off Commercial Road.

One idea is to use the dovecote as a changing room for children enjoying the Bogs water park, or a toilet.

Group chairman Ros Yousouf said: “The dovecote is one of Bulwell’s oldest buildings, yet most people - even local residents - may not know it is there.”

Nottingham City Council are to carry out a feasibility study at a cost of £2,662 financed by the three Labour members for Bulwell ward.

Coun Mrs Morris said: “The dovecote has repeatedly been vandalised and has twice had to have a new roof put on. If the building remains where it is, it will always be in a vulnerable position.”

If the feasibility study results are good, the Friends of the Bogs hope to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery to finance the project.