Country park sparkles as one of county’s heritage jewels

PICTURESQUE Bestwood Country Park features in a new guide promoting Nottinghamshire’s sparkling heritage jewels.

The booklet has been created by Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum and throws the spotlight on 50 of the most historic attractions and local-history resources in the county.

It has been produced in a bid to boost tourism.

Bestwood Country Park boasts 600 acres of open, green space and wildlife habitats to explore from Mill Lakes to meadows of wild flowers and ancient oak woodland.

It shares the guide with the likes of Nottingham Castle, Newark Air Museum and the Workhouse at Southwell.

The launch of the guide took place at the recently-refurbished Mansfield Library where Coun John Cottee (Con), chairman of the culture committee at Notts County Council, did the honours.

He said: “The recently formed Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum is working hard to preserve and promote Nottinghamshire’s unique heritage. It is to be congratulated on producing this guide, which encourages tourists and residents to visit a huge range of heritage sites the length and breadth of the county. I wish it every success in this venture.

“Through this support for our heritage we hope to see more people visiting Nottinghamshire and contributing to the regeneration of our town centres. Our involvement in ancestral tourism encourages more tourists to visit the places where their ancestors came from and our support for Experience Nottinghamshire is also crucial to promoting the heritage of the county.”