More dates announced for public sessions about Allestree Park

A view of long grass growing where the golf course used to be at Allestree Park

Fri 2 Jun 2023

We're working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby on the first large-scale urban rewilding project in the UK, in the city’s largest public park.

More than 2,000 people took part in a public consultation in early 2022 and the results, and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vision for rewilding, were accepted by Derby City Council's Cabinet in August 2022.

Now it’s time to add detail to the vision. The Trust and the Council have been talking to local residents and park users in recent months, and the Trust wants to learn about how you use, and want to use, the space.

The Trust has announced three new dates for evening walks around Allestree Park in June, and confirmed details for three sessions during July and August to listen to your views.

Each of the June walks has a different theme and is an opportunity to chat about the rewilding project. You're welcome to attend one or more of the walks, or join them all.  

All walks take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Allestree Park. Meet at the car park off Duffield Road, Derby DE22 2EU. Contact for any enquiries.

Tue 13 Jun: Nature’s recovery

  • Walk and talk about how Allestree Park can be an even more amazing place for people and nature, and help combat climate change.

Wed 14 Jun: Wild wellbeing and community spaces

  • How the park can provide community growing, orchards and enterprises and wild wellbeing opportunities.

Tue 20 Jun: A park for everyone

  • How Allestree Park can be even more welcoming to everyone. An opportunity to share your thoughts on cycling, walking, running, fishing and other ways to enjoy this special space, together. 

The three sessions on Sat 15 Jul, Sun 23 Jul and Sat 5 Aug are the chance to look at the draft master plan for the rewilding project, and give your feedback to help shape the final plan, due for publication in the autumn.

As well as themed walks around the park on these days, the Evergreen Club at Cornhill, Allestree will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm giving you the chance to drop in and have a look at the draft plans, and give your views. 

All walks around Allestree Park on these days start at 11:00am and 11:30am, and cover themes including nature’s recovery, accessibility and inclusion, views on bike tracks, circular walks, fishing and running routes, community growing and orchards, making space for children and young people, and more. Full information about the themes for each day can be found on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust website.