Ransom Woods Environment
In Business With Nature
The environment at Ransom Wood is one of the aspects that makes the park so unique and special so a big effort is made to enhance its beauty whilst at the same time maintaining the correct environmental balance. The site will stay as 70% green space and 30% development, which is an extremely high ratio in comparison to almost any office park.
In 2009, Ransomwood Estates received The Environment Award at the Chad Enterprise Awards in recognition of our efforts. More recently, in spring 2012, Ransom Wood was highly commended for its work on the environment by Mansfield 2020. In 2015 Ransom Wood switched on its solar farm making it what is though to be the first self sufficient business park in the UK when the sun shines.
Ransom Wood is a true haven for animal life thanks to its protected environment. The park provides a range of habitats for wildlife including lowland heath which is rare in this area and supports a number of uncommon plants and animals including bull finch and song thrush, all of which are in a state of rapid decline in the UK.
The variety of bird life is astounding (several breeds of Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Owls and many more) and mammals such as Fallow Deer can be seen grazing from your window. The site is also used to return healed animals and birds to their natural environment, such as Tawny Owls, Kestrels and even a Buzzard.
The RSPB are regular visitors to Ransom Wood. They take part in bird watching as well as moth nights.
Ransom Wood is an oasis of floral life and was proud to have been recognized by ‘Mansfield in Bloom’ as a runner up. The flora is particularly special in Ransom Wood in Spring and early summer when the wild flowers around the park are in their full beauty.A number of studies has shown that Ransom Wood supports a variety of noteworthy flora within its “Site of Importance to Nature Conservation” designation, including a mosaic of heathers, moss and herbs and extensive spreads of native trees such as Oak and Birch.
Ransom Wood has an ongoing program for the planting of native trees and shrubs to the site and managing it in order to encourage the return of indigenous flora and fauna. Fallen wood is left on the ground to encourage rare beetles and other invertebrates.
In 2009, the biggest project to date took place to thin the woodland to each side of Ransom Wood’s main drive. At the same time, two woodland clearings were created and new trees planted in the form of Celtic Oak Circles. These clearings will in time become the focus for woodland walks around the site as well as places to sit in peace with nature.
Further to this, new habitat creation of acid grassland and the extension and improvement of heath land (a local endangered heather will be introduced through swathes) will bring more species into the park.
Say hello to our old man of the woods. Isn’t he great! He was carved for us by Mark Butler who has won several prizes for his work. Mark is going to create three pieces for us based around Pagan and Christian themes found in gothic carvings on churches and also in pagan artwork and costume. He has won several prizes for his work but as he works full time for Rolls Royce, this is more of a hobby to him. The “Old Man of the Woods” is perhaps a character like Father Christmas, Gandalf, Treebeard or a Druidic persona. Our second carving has just been completed and is a ‘ Female Oak Wood Spirit’ or perhaps Mother Nature. This represents the importance and equality of the female in our Celtic ancestry and as a healer and wise person of great knowledge. It also represents the gentle side of nature. The third of the set will be the Green Man, again often found on churches and sculptures and is a more hidden mysterious figure, showing only eyes, nose and mouth, through a set of leaves. The carvings lead you and welcome you to our restaurant Forever Green and perhaps remind us that we are part of everything around us and there is a direct interaction between our breath and nature living beside us. Hopefully more work will follow, interpreting the nature and wildlife we have around us here at Ransom Wood. For more information about Mark Butler visit his web site...read more
The Ransom Wood story is one of business and nature living together. There is never a dull moment at Ransom Wood – we are lucky enough to be living with nature that is constantly delighting us. We have 4 bee hives in our apple orchard – every so often a queen will decide to go for a bit of a day trip and come to rest on one of the trees – luckily the bee keepers are not far away. Outside my office, a tawny owl lives and often hoots at me in the day and tree creepers are busy. And if you sit by the window at Forever Green, you can watch the bird life like chaffinches and nut hatchers for hours. We also have Fallow Deer – our site has special fences that deer can walk through though once we had to rescue one that had got its leg caught. All this wildlife and wonderful woodland is enjoyed by our tenants and our brides – we do 40 weddings a year at Forever Green. Dog walkers also love the site and now Dogs can even enjoy their very menu at Forever Green. Of course there are many other groups that enjoy the site too such as the RSPB who we enjoy a good relationship...read more
Thank you everyone for biking it, bussing it, walking it or car-sharing it for our Green Day on 23rd August. Our colleagues at the PCT ensured that extra car sharing spaces were available for all their staff who took part and special thanks go to the team from Liquid who achieved a saving of 134 miles between them by car sharing. Thank you also to Lorraine and Helen from Future Home Care and Jeremy Hall from Shout PR who all cycled in, not forgetting our own Ransomwood staff who left their cars at home. We managed to help the environment and do a bit of exercise all at the same time and saved 261 miles, the equivalent of 90,000 grams of carbon. Thanks to Forever Green for rewarding our Greenies with a hot cup of coffee and a Danish pastry. Our M.D., James Cannon, had a tough time of it as he cycled in from Bolsover. – we think he took the scenic route as it took him 5 hours to get to the office! After abandoning his car at a car park in Bolsover James got on his bike and cycled to Cuckney. He then joined National Cycle Route 6 which runs from Worksop to Hucknall but after taking a wrong turn ended up somewhere on the A614. He dodged the cows (!) and found his way to the A617 into Rainworth. And here’s the proof that he did finally get here! For his journey home he decided to take the bus but as he’s now found out, you can’t take bikes on the bus! So he had to cycle all the way back again – another 2 hour journey. He managed to save 16 miles and got enough exercise to last him until we do the whole thing again next year!...read more
The benefits of having an office at Ransom Wood include productivity and staff retention thanks to the environment that your office is based in. Here we take a look at this in more detail.read more
Introducing the Ransom Wood Photo Competition 2012. Simply e-mail your photos of Ransom Wood to us or post them on our Facebook page with the caption ‘Photo Competition’. Photos can be of anything at Ransom Wood including flora, fauna, people, our buildings or anything at all that looks good. The winner will be chosen in December and will receive a bottle of champagne. Take a look at our gallery for some inspiration. Good luck and spread the...read more
On the 23rd August 2012, Ransom Wood invites you to join in on our first Green Day. The focus of this day will be to see how many people that work at Ransom Wood can leave their cars at home for the day and come in by a green form of transport. So this may be walking, running, cycling, roller blading, skate boarding or whatever other from of green transport you can think of. Whilst we are helping the environment it will also be a great way of doing a bit of exercise especially for those of us that live a bit further away. There are a few membersof the Ransom Wood team that will need to be leaving home rather early that day including James Cannon who will be cycling in all the way from Sheffield! If you are going to take part please let us know by emailing us with the distance, what car you are leaving at home and how you are getting to Ransom Wood. We will then be able to add up all the carbon miles that have been saved to protect our environment. There will also be a prize for the person that saves the most carbon miles. For those that do join in on the day, there will be a complimentary coffee and a pastry awaiting you at Forever Green when you arrive. Again, please contact us before the day to let us know you are joining in, so we can send you a voucher in advance. If you want a shower when you arrive at Ransom Wood and aren’t based at Birch or Hawthorn then please let us know before the day and we can organise this for you. If you are coming by bike then there are bike racks at The Willows, Ransom Hall, Oak House, Birch and Hawthorn or feel free to just find a lamp post to lock your bike up against. Good luck and we look forward to making Ransom Wood even greener on 23rd August 2012. Ransom Wood is a an office park based in 70 acres of woodland, combining office space with a restaurant, woodland walks and pure inspiration. If you are interested in moving your business here, please contact us on 01623675304675326, email us or click here for more...read more
A 20 min walk on woodland paths that takes you out of Ransom Wood and along its Southern perimeter. Start the walk at the front of Ransom Hall in Ransom Wood, NG21 0HJ. With your back to the front of Ransom Hall, turn left across the main car park and through into the overflow car park. The entrance to the overflow car park is under a stunning copper beech tree (pictured above) Walk to the far end where you will see a path in the left hand corner leading into the woods. Follow the path until reaching a gated fence (pictured below). The gate is an open system that allows wildlife such as deer to freely move between Ransom Wood and the adjoining woodland. If you are lucky you may just spot one – the best time is early in the morning. Go through the gate and continue along the path. At the crossroads in the path, turn left. After a few minutes you will start to see the line of Ransom Woods green perimeter fence on your left. You will soon come to a T-junction in the path where you will see a quarry ahead of you and the green perimeter fence and gate back onto Ransom Woods land on your left. Turn left through the gate, along the fence, with the quarry on your right. You will have to squeeze past this tree (pictured above) Keeping the quarry on your right, follow the path along the end of the paddock (pictured below) towards a woodland copse. The paddock was used when the site was a hospital to keep wild stock such as cows and sheep. At the end of the paddock you will see a beech tree with some engravings on it – make a note of what is engraved on the tree and email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be rewarded with a free coffee at Forever Green. The path continues through the woodland copse to an access road that goes to an industrial unit called Unit 9. Turn left along this road then right just before you reach unit 9. Unit 9 used to supply all the hospitals heating, though the heating chimney is no longer there. You will shortly reach the main access road back to Ransom Hall from where you can head to Forever Green for a well earned refreshment. If you would like to know more about Ransom Wood including its history, restaurant or office space, please take a look at our website...read more
We pride ourselves on protecting and enhancing the environment of Ransom Wood to the benefit of businesses, restaurant customers and walkers. Here we take an overall look at the work that Ransom Wood have been doing for the environment. Set in over 70 hectares of natural woodland, Ransom Wood Park offers an enviable working environment, and as a family business with a long involvement in countryside conservation, Ransomwood Estates intends to keep this environment in the peak of health. To help manage both the natural environment we work in and also the effects of our presence in the leafy setting it provides, we instigated an environmental management system in 2008 which helps monitor and control the impacts we have on the surrounding environment. Some of these impacts are easy to spot: the site is generally litter free, and is carefully maintained in its authentic natural state rather than having a proliferation of non-native flower beds and huge areas laid to lawn. When the site was acquired, much of it had been set as coniferous plantation, and this is now being put back to the native woodland stock, with a continuous planting programme of ancient woodland species such as oak, ash and rowan replacing the various ageing spruces and pines and some of the dying ornamental silver birches. Woodland management partnerships with local trusts ensure arboreal work is carried out professionally in accordance with our master plan. Other aspects of our environmental efforts are not as noticeable to the casual observer. Energy saving strategies are under constant review to reduce the park’s carbon footprint. Waste is also targeted, and new initiatives will see the overall park waste output drop even lower over the next few years. Our offices are a combination of older buildings and new modern workspaces. The existing buildings are being gradually upgraded to improve their environmental performance credentials, while new buildings incorporate the latest building designs and technologies and achieve excellent efficiency ratings from the outset. And at a time when green space is continually under threat from over enthusiastic development, our “prime directive” pledges to limit the development of the park to no more than 30% of the available space, keeping it forever green for our employees, clients and visitors to enjoy. We are also heavily committed to prevent external developments from encroaching on our natural asset. One of our management objectives is to increase the park users’ awareness and involvement in the environment at Ransom Wood, and our revised Parklife newsletter is the first of our initiatives to spread our message to a wider audience. Over the next few issues we shall share some of our successes and maybe inspire you to join us on this journey to keep Ransom Wood “in business with...read more
In 2011, we were approached by the RSPB with a view to their members being allowed to survey Ransom Wood. We thought this was an excellent opportunity to fully understand the flora and forna of Ransom Wood. The RSPB have many members who are interested in birds but also have expert knowledge of insects and reptiles. Our friends at the RSPB asked permission to hold a series of moth nights on the Park. The first night produced many interesting moths, which are detailed below: The Green Carpet moth was the most common moth caught in trap 1 with a total of 21. This moth thrives in woodland and heath-land of which we have both. Its bright green colour soon fades to a yellow colour with age. The Small Phoenix again enjoys wood land and open spaces and its larvae feed on willow herbs. You can see them during May and July and then again in August and September. The Brimstone moth feeds on hawthorn and blackthorn, both of which are found at Ransom Wood. During the survey only one of these species was found. The elephant hawk moth is so called because of its resemblance to the trunk of an elephant whilst still in its caterpillar stage. The adult moth is coloured pink and green and drinks nectar from plant such as honeysuckle. Look out for it from May – July. The larvae feed on rosebay willow herb, a common weed / wild flower found on the Park. This moth was spotted near The Willows on the night of the survey. Only one was found! To see more moths of Ransom Wood click here on the link below. Moth nights at Ransom Wood FACTS: Moths and butterflies are inspects They form part a group called Lepidoptera ( it means scaly winged ) Each colour and pattern is made up of 1,000’s of tiny scales. There are 2,500 types of moth inBritain Some moths migrate to theUK, others live their whole lives here. Did you know that an average brood of Blue Tits will eat 15,000 caterpillars (mainly moth)?!! A caterpillar splits and sheds its old skin many times before it reaches its maximum size. This can take weeks or even years! Some moths emit a squeak to confuse a bats echolocation Other moths have developed ear-like organs to hear the squeaks produced by bats. Moths not only pollinate flowers but they are vital food for other animals. They are food for spiders, frogs, toads, lizards, shrews, hedgehogs, bats and birds. They have evolved some amazing camouflage in an attempt to avoid being eaten!. Myths about Moths Moths are not as beautiful as butterflies – Not true. Moths only fly by night – Not true. Moths are furrier and hairier than butterflies. Not true All moths eat your clothes – Not true. Problems for moths. Many moth species are in decline including the luxurious sounding “White Ermine” which was spotted by the RSPB on their moth night. The population of this moth has decreased by 77% since 1968. It is not clear why moth numbers are decreasing as many of...read more