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At 130 Hectares or 320 Acres, Allestree Park is the largest public open space in Derby.
This urban park bridges the gap between the built environment and green countryside on the northern edge of Derby City. Allestree Park boasts some of the best views in Derby from the edge of ‘Big Wood’ looking over the Derwent valley. There are lakeside walks, mature woodlands to explore, grasslands to picnic on and wildflower meadows to bask with butterflies. You may even come across a roaming Highland cow in autumn as they graze the vast meadows.
There are two FREE rough stone car parks (Burley Hill and Woodland Road) and toilet facilities beside the ha
Why not take a self-guided tour around the park, with one of our two nature trails, available to be downloaded below. We advise sensible footwear as these trails will take you over stone tracks and muddy ground.
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Allestree Park Rewilding
Derby City Council is working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby on a rewilding project that could bring the city wide-ranging benefits. A consultation took place in 2022 with the community to develop the plans for what would be the first large-scale urban rewilding project in the UK.
Through rewilding nature’s recovery in Derby would be supported by providing more space for wildlife-rich habitats and potential species reintroductions. It would also help the Council meet its carbon reduction targets by increasing Derby’s carbon storage capacity. Rewilding would also give Derby a “Natural Health Service” providing more opportunities for residents to improve their wellbeing by connecting with nature-rich greenspace.
Find out more about rewilding and the timeline for the project on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust website.