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Nottingham is one of the greenest cities in the country.

Explore the its delightful green spaces and parks, from boating in Highfields Park to deer-spotting in Wollaton Park.

Nottingham Arboretum

The Arboretum is Nottingham’s oldest public park and the closest park to the city centre.

Home to more than 800 trees, some of which are from the original collection planted in the 19th century, Nottingham Arboretum makes for the perfect destination on sunny days.

The park is also said to have been the inspiration behind J.M Barrie’s Neverland, although it has never been never officially confirmed.

Where? Waverley Street, Nottingham NG7 4HF

Wollaton Park

The 500-acre park is only a short bus ride from the city centre.

It is centred on Wollaton Hall, a classic Elizabethan manor built in the 1850s which is now the Nottingham Natural History Museum.

The majestic hall also featured in the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.

The flora there is vast, as is the fauna, a herd of 200 deer roam the grounds freely.

Where? Wollaton Hall & Deer Park, Nottingham NG8 2AE

Highfields Park

Near Nottingham University Campus, this 21-hectare park is well endowed with trees, exotic plantings and water features.

The highlight of Highfields Park is undoubtedly its boating lake, complete with boats to hire throughout the summer months, as well the cascade and the steppingstones.

Where? University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Colwick Country Park

Colwick Country Park is located on the outskirts of Nottingham city centre.

Rich wildlife can be found there including butterflies, dragonflies and a large number of migratory birds.

The park also offers water, woodland and meadows areas, providing the perfect backdrop for activities such as angling, sailing, walking and jogging.

Where? End of, Racecourse Rd, Nottingham NG2 4BH

Forest Recreation Ground

Well known to many as the site of the annual Nottingham Goose Fair, the Forest Recreation Ground has a variety of leisure facilities.

The park boasts floodlit hard surface courts and grass pitches for ball games as well as a traditional bowling lawn.

It is also home to many habitats and species, which makes it the ideal green space to stroll around.

Where? Gregory Blvd, Forest Fields, Nottingham NG7 6HB