Winter 2019 Conservation Updates
Tue 14 Jan 2020
Derby Parks had a busy winter to wrap up 2019. From the flood waters at the beginning of November to planting trees for Derby communities, friends and volunteers of Derby Parks have come out in force these past few months to boost the conservation efforts.
Pike on the Park
The Derby Parks Rangers had their work cut out after the recent flooding in Darley Park. As the water started to recede, what many people thought were large tree branches in the remaining puddles turned out to be stranded fish. Alongside volunteers from the Earl of Harrington's Angling Club, who lease Derby Parks lakes and riverbanks, our truly versatile Park Rangers became fish rescuers for the day. This work not only saved many stranded fish but also ensured the safety of park users. They earned their fish and chip supper that night!
1000 Trees planted to mark the start of #NationalTreeWeek
To mark the start of #NationalTreeWeek, Trees for Derby in partnership with the Derby Parks Team organised the planting of 1000 trees on Roe Farm Recreation Ground.
Trees for Derby are a newly formed group with a mission to plant trees to tackle climate change. Their aim is to plant 250,000 trees, one for every person in Derby.
Most of the trees were granted by the Woodland Trust but several were locally grown and donated by members of public.
Over 80 people turned up to plant Saturday 23 November 2019 with members of several other volunteer groups demonstrating their support. It took no longer than an hour to plant all of the trees (wow!) and the morning was finished off with a cuppa and a biscuit. Here’s to the next 249,000!
New Community Orchard on Pit Close Recreation Ground, Chellaston
Derby Parks Team has been working with Friends of Chellaston Brickworks Local Nature Reserve, Derby Parks Volunteers and local community to create a new community orchard on Pit Close Recreation Ground.
The aim of the project was to turn this underused close mown grass area into a community amenity providing free food for local people to enjoy!
The orchard is made up of a mixture of cooking, eating apples, pears, plums and cherries, as well as a medlar bush (a heritage variety).