(with thanks to Big Kirk Hallam and Foundation Derbyshire for grants)






Students from Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College and members of the Friends putting up bird boxes during December 2014.


Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows Call to the Community to come and join them at the layby next to the Lake off Godfrey Drive on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 10am. Many Hands will make light work as the volunteers hope to rake together many leaves into piles, ready for collection from the Ranger Service. This partnership work will help continue to make the Lakeside the attractive place it is. A fabulous chance for you to come and meet some old friends and new, come and have a chat about all the many things that the volunteers have done in recent months, from supporting the work of the new Bailiffs –or working on projects with the school and its students - to organising this year’s Annual Lakeside Festival-what promises to be the biggest and best Lakeside Event yet!! Sunday March 16th at 10am is Bring A Rake Day!! [please bring a rake to use if you own one??] Sandwiches and refreshments provided FREE at 11am for anyone turning up to lend a hand.  

January 2014

Work on clearing undergrowth in order to plant wildflowers.

Clearance of undergrowth on the island.



A small band of members meet regularly at the lake on Wednesday mornings, from 9.30 am. They are always looking for extra helpers so, if you would like to join them just turn up and look out for a group wearing high viz vests! All equipment will be provided.





Over two Sundays, the Friends were helped by the Community Payback team to cut back overgrown hedges and trees.

Members of the Friends working on the meadows



WILDLIFE POND - Summer 2012

The latest volunteer community project, over 3 separate days,  was the creation of a wildlife pond and new habitat for wetland species. It is situated on the site of the old Nutbrook canal which ran from Shipley to meet the Erewash Canal. A pond was dug to a depth of 3 feet with sloping sides, the surrounding vegetation was cut down to create a clearing and some nettles were cut and removed from the site to promote the less competitive species.



The project was undertaken by the 21st Ilkeston Scout Group's 1st Cubs and Beavers as part of their community service to celebrate Ilkeston's scouts' centenary and was supported by The Big Picnic with the Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows. Younger members of the group really enjoyed the digging and had great fun in all the mud.


Guidance and help was given by Oliver Dickinson of Habitat Development and the Derbyshire Countryside Service from its Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre base.

This pond and surrounding habitat will provide a suitable home for all kinds of plants and animals. It increases the biodiversity and restores some of the wetland habitat which has been lost (almost completely) during the last century. Thanks are also due to Groundwork Erewash and Trevor Harris for loaning the tools.


Members of the Friends  also engaged in three hours of lake dredging work. A group spokesman said: "Piling wheelbarrow loads of the stuff into the hedgerow bottoms looked like back--breaking work, not bad as the average age of the group was probably, what one might call 'retirement age?'" A new wooden seat was also installed by the Friends, kindly provided by the Derbyshire Countryside Service.


Erewash Valley Wildlife provided entertainment during the rest period by introducing the children to wildlife via cameras and binoculars, and a popular item was the log, complete with its inhabitants!




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