Derby Green Space Forum Awards 2019

Wed 6 Nov 2019

We’re looking forward to celebrating at the Derby Green Spaces Forum Awards, hosted at the University of Derby on 25 Nov.

Since 2013, Derby City Council’s Derby Parks team have organised The Derby Green Spaces Forum. This is a coming together of the various Friends groups, stakeholders and interest groups within the city, around Parks & Open Spaces. The group meet 3 times a year. Twice they meet at one of Derby’s Park or green spaces, hosted by one of the friends groups or stakeholders. The third meeting is a much larger, celebratory event which is held at The University of Derby.

This event celebrates what has been achieved over the previous year. It honours the amazing volunteers at our parks, demonstrating the care and improvements they make.

Sarah Webster, Community Parks Officer, refers to the event as a ‘get together of a family, rather than formal celebrations, a great way to say Thank you for all your hard work’. The groups all enjoy coming together and sharing ideas and success stories. One great example that was shared with us is The Bug Hotel. This was an idea The Friends of Darley Open Spaces showed off a few years ago and now many of the friends groups have installed them, across various sites within the city.

The event takes the form of special presentations by Derby Parks, Derby University Natural Sciences Department and other keynote speakers. This year will include presentations by The Potty Plotters and Bumblebee Conservation Group. Also joining the celebrations this year will be The Mayor of Derby, Cllr Frank Harwood, along with the Dean of Natural Science and members from groups such as Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Derby University, and local ecologists. Council Wood will be presenting the awards and this year the categories are;

  • Commitment to improving green space
  • Commitment to improving allotments
  • Inspiring others to get involved
  • Memorable moment in 2019