Our Group is fortunate to be one of the few in Nottinghamshire to have our own training ground. We call this ground 'Pepperpots', named after the structures at the top of the shafts that were built in the 19th century to ventilate the railway tunnel underneath the land. The entrance to the site is on Mapperley Plains Road (a few miles from Nottingham city centre) at the junction with Arnold Lane. Please drive extremely carefully into and out of the site; it is a busy road, there are youngsters at play here and there is very little parking space!
Pepperpots is used for most of the weekly meetings of all our sections in the Summer months. In the Winter months it is used by our Wednesday Beaver Colony, Monday Cubs, the Scout Troops and the Peppers Explorer Unit. It is also used for special activities such as overnight camping and our annual Bonfire Night Party.
Our site contains a grassy area outside the Ellis Building adjacent to the 'Top Pepperpot’ known as the 'Top Plateau' which is used for activities most weeks. The track on the left and 'Otter's Steps' to the right lead down to the 'Bottom Field' used for ball games or wider-ranging activities. At the lower end of the bottom field on the left hand side is our 'Centenary Camp Fire Circle' built in 2008.
Further on is the 'Bottom Pepperpot' leading to a less-developed part of the site used for nature work and building bivouacs. The area beyond the 'Bottom Pepperpot' is out-of-bounds to all young people, unless accompanied by a leader or helper.
The site is maintained by a dedicated team who ask for parents to help out with vital maintenance work etc. These jobs include ground work, DIY type jobs, 'gardening', painting and decorating etc. If you can help, please liaise with our maintenance team.
A site like Pepperpots as you can imagine, needs plenty of maintenance/cleaning and working parties are organised several times a year. We ask parents to assist with this and attendance counts towards your 'contribution' to the group which we ask of you when your children join 3rd Woodthorpe.
If you notice there are any maintence type jobs around and on the site which need attention, please contact the team using: maintenance (at) 3wscouts.org.uk
'Save Pepperpots' Campaign
Long-term our site is at risk from proposed development in the area, including the building of the Gedling Access Road. 3W will take all necessary action to protect the site in order to be able to continue to provide Scouting facilities to young people.
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A few photos of our site .............
For an aerial view of Pepperpots click here