About our project

We are a community run project in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (UK), aiming to manage and improve the area known as Mercer Wood for the benefit of the community by maintaining, supporting and developing the plant and wildlife biodiversity within the area. Anyone is welcome to join our community to help us in our project in any way that they can on a voluntary basis. If you have an interest in nature or would like to help plan our future developments, please contact us to have your say.
Would you like to become involved?

Would you like to become involved?

What would you like to see developed? Your input on the use of this community area is valued! Let us know what you would like to see here! Or you could lend a helping hand. As a volunteer, you can give as much or as little time as you can spare. Currently, we are at the planning stage - we would like you to have a say in how the area is used in the future.

Contact us.

Contact us.

If you have any enquiries please e-mail: info@mercerwood.org.uk Join us on Facebook: Mercer Wood Community Group Gainsborough or call: (01427) 612 936 We will get back to you as soon as we can. Our meetings are normally held at: Mercer Wood Academy (formally North county) Ropery Road, Gainsborough by kind permission of the head teacher. For details of our meetings please check our Events page.

About our project

About our project

The woodland is known as Mercer or Mercer's Wood. It has sadly become overgrown and uncared for, but is nevertheless a much used community open space. In 2010, local residents formed the Mercer Wood Community Group. Their vision is to manage the area as an amenity for all to enjoy, developing possibly a community garden and orchard, a small nature reserve or a country park to conserve what is already there.

A Brief History.

A Brief History.

Mercer Wood now occupies the area next to the River Trent that was part of the old Union Oil mill that was owned by the Mercer family. It is almost two centuries since the Mercer family, who were prominent business people in Gainsborough, built a wind powered oil processing mill by the side of the River. Production continued on the site until the closure of the mill in the mid-20th century. The mill was demolished in 1935, then allotments were introduced, no doubt to boost local food production during the Second World War. After they fell into disuse, the area had been unmanaged and subject to fly-tipping. Trees, largely Sycamore, have grown on and around the site to give us the woodland that we see today. This section of our site contains information that we have been able to find on the area and the Mercer family. The following is a copy of a document regarding Mercer's Mill known otherwise as the Union Mill located on the bank of the River Trent in Gainsborough Lincolnshire. The document is not signed or dated but is on the letterhead of J. B. Edlington & Company Limited, Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers of Carr Lane, Gainsborough Lincolnshire. I am grateful to Mrs Sue Edlington and the Gainsborough Heritage Association for giving permission to use the document on our web site

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Cllr. G Bardsley
Cllr. G Bardsley
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