Summer 2020 updates

Perfect parks

Thu 23 Jul 2020

A round up of news from our Volunteers and Park Rangers of what's happening on our parks

Visitor Numbers  Increase

Since the start of the COVID-19 government lockdown, parks have been busier than ever. Guidelines for the lockdown have regularly changed, however, the one constant has been the importance of parks and green spaces for the nation's health and wellbeing. It has been heartening to see families, dog walkers, joggers, anglers and golfers all enjoying the surroundings of Derby's parks and open spaces. Mostly, people are adhering to social distancing guidelines and respecting each other. 

The Reality Check 

Unfortunately, there has been a large increase in fly tipping, littering and anti-social behaviour citywide which has created a burden on already stretched resources. Parks have been no exception with fly tipping and littering reported on a daily basis. A particularly bad example was up at Allestree Park where it took three trips in large vans, packed full, to remove the waste (see picture of the tip of the iceberg). Littering and large 'noisy' gatherings have been prevalent, especially during the good weather with the local police and Public Protection Team called out on many occasions.  Grounds Maintenance Teams, Park Rangers and volunteer litter pickers were working around the clock to keep on top of the situation. Thank you to our Derby Green Spaces Forum volunteers and several members of the public for bringing park issues to our attention and helping where appropriate within government guidelines. 

Rubbish in our parks

Magnificent Meadows 

Wildflower meadows in parks have sprung into life and June is their peak month. It is really pleasing to see wildlife enjoying the flowers as their lifeline and people admiring the beauty of nature. The Derby Parks Team have worked hard to improve biodiversity in our nature reserve and this is the reward. See the attached pictures, we're sure you'll agree! 

Wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows

Wildflower meadows

Foxgloves in Allestree Wood

Foxgloves in Allestree Wood

Foxgloves

Foxgloves in Allestree Wood

Wildflower meadows
Wildflower meadows
Wildflower meadows
Foxgloves in Allestree Wood
Foxgloves

Foxgloves in Allestree Wood

Foxgloves are an important flower as they can survive in the dappled shade of a woodland, providing an important nectar source for both common and rare insect species in the park. This year has been a particularly good year with large stands appearing in Allestree Woods. (see pictures)

Alvaston Park Lagoon

Alvaston Park Lagoon

A new backwater has been created on Alvaston Park as part of the Project Munio environmental improvements along the river corridor. The project involves creating an open channel which faces downstream, providing a refuge for fish, amphibians, invertibrates, and other insects.