Derby Arboretum

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park, water fountain

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park in Spring

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park

Derby Arboretum Park
Derby Arboretum Park
Derby Arboretum Park
Derby Arboretum Park
Derby Arboretum Park

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates 

Markeaton Park Paddling Pool will reopen to the public daily 10.30am – 4pm from Fri 23 Jul until Sun 5 Sep. The grassed area around the paddling pool will also be available to use.

The Splash Pad in Chaddesden Park will also reopen to daily from 12noon until 5pm from Sat 24 Jul until Sun 5 Sep. 

Read more about preparations for reopening and safety measures in place.

Respect other people and the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing and protect the natural environment.

Derby Arboretum, also informally known as Arboretum Park and The Arboretum, is famous for being Britain's first public park. It is picturesque with a fine collection of trees, and is Grade II* listed.

The Arboretum was the first specially designed urban park in Britain. Joseph Strutt commissioned and donated the park for the benefit of citizens of Derby in 1840. The intention was a botanical tree garden for instruction as well as leisure.

John Claudius Loudon designed, constructed and planted the gardens, while EB Lamb designed the two Tudor style lodges. Some of the trees are listed on the British Isles Tree Register, a catalogue of notable trees in the country recorded by the Forestry Commission. 

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View our March 2020
Derby Arboretum Leaflet

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