Sinfin Park Pavilion renamed in honour of Colin Attenborough

Colin Attenborough joined by Derby councillors, the Derby Parks team, friends, and family

Thu 1 Feb 2024

The Sinfin Park Pavilion has recently been renamed to the ‘Colin Attenborough Pavilion’ in honour of Colin Attenborough, the chair of Sinfin Moor Park.

Colin arrived at Sinfin Moor Park on Saturday to find hundreds of friends, family, and colleagues waiting to surprise him as he watched the unveiling of the new plaque, officially renaming the pavilion after him. The Pavilion was chosen as the location to be renamed as Colin had often said how the pavilion was like his second home.

Colin has been the chairperson of Sinfin Moor Park since September 2009. During his time, he has overseen the planting of Jubilee Wood in 2012, helped with the introduction of Eric and Ernie the first two highland cattle, as well as directing and guiding many other projects over the past 15 years.

Through his enthusiasm, he has been the driving force behind the Green Flag Community Award application process which has led to the Friends of Sinfin Moor Park Local Nature Reserve being awarded the flag for the last seven years. One of Colin’s shining achievements was leading the Friends group in developing and running the community café, which has been consistently run by volunteers since 2012.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“Sinfin Moor Park and Local Nature Reserve wouldn’t be the place it is today without Colin’s commitment and determination. Over the years it’s become a real haven for wildlife and local people. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Colin for a number of years, and it was an honour to be invited to present him with the plaque naming the Pavilion, his second home, after him.”

£546.30 was also raised in funds by the café. This will be passed on to the Nightingale MacMillan Unit in Derby, Colin's chosen charity.

To learn more about the fantastic work that the Friends of Sinfin Moor Park do and how you could get involved, you can visit their webpage. If you want to visit the Colin Attenborough Pavilion or explore the rest of Sinfin Moor Park, you can find out more about upcoming events and opening times on the Derby Parks Website.