Allestree Rewilding

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Derby City Council is working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby on a rewilding project for Allestree Park. A 12 week consultation is taking place with the community to develop the plans for what would be the first large-scale urban rewilding project in the UK.

Rewilding Allestree Park could bring the city wide-ranging benefits; you can read our recent press release which provides more information on why rewilding is good for us and our planet. 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.

We are looking for the views of residents in Derby and those who visit Allestree Park before we make any final decisions.

How can you have your say?

You can take part in various ways through our online survey which can be completed anonymously or take part in one of the quick polls.

Why not give some of your ideas around rewilding or share suggestions? To do this use the ‘Our Ideas’ tab below, also take part in the forums or provide a story. When providing feedback on the ideas, forums or stories you will be asked to provide your email address and select a screen name. Please note these are moderated so any rude or offensive comments will not be published.

Events

Over the 12 week consultation period we will be hosting and attending events. Look out for details of these, where you can come along and talk to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Parks Team face to face.

This consultation closes on the 11 April 2022.

Derby City Council logo
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust logo





Allestree Parkland image

Derby City Council is working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby on a rewilding project for Allestree Park. A 12 week consultation is taking place with the community to develop the plans for what would be the first large-scale urban rewilding project in the UK.

Rewilding Allestree Park could bring the city wide-ranging benefits; you can read our recent press release which provides more information on why rewilding is good for us and our planet. 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.

We are looking for the views of residents in Derby and those who visit Allestree Park before we make any final decisions.

How can you have your say?

You can take part in various ways through our online survey which can be completed anonymously or take part in one of the quick polls.

Why not give some of your ideas around rewilding or share suggestions? To do this use the ‘Our Ideas’ tab below, also take part in the forums or provide a story. When providing feedback on the ideas, forums or stories you will be asked to provide your email address and select a screen name. Please note these are moderated so any rude or offensive comments will not be published.

Events

Over the 12 week consultation period we will be hosting and attending events. Look out for details of these, where you can come along and talk to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Parks Team face to face.

This consultation closes on the 11 April 2022.

Share your ideas for Allestree Park

Share your stories on what you think would work at Allestree Park.

What ideas do you have? 

Anything you have seen that looks good? 

Share with us any pictures or plans you think are good examples from elsewhere. Please be aware that any offensive images will not be published.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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    Violet, the ground beetle

    by FAJ, 3 months ago

    Once upon a time there was a beetle, her name was Violet. She was big, and black, with a beautiful tinge of blue-purple on her back. She lived at the edge of a wood. At night she would hunt for slugs(which, surprisingly, she liked eating), snails or worms. Sometimes she would chase a faster-moving insect; she was a very quick runner and had very good eyesight.

    Next to the wood was grass that went on for ever, it was very short grass and there were not many slugs or snails to be found there. There were also huge creatures that... Continue reading

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    access

    by coffin dodger, 3 months ago
    It is essential that the present wide access we have to the park at the moment is maintained.

    The current areas of "manicured" grass do not need to be preserved only the paths that cross them.

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    People and nature

    by FAJ, 4 months ago

    How can nature coexist with people in the park?

    Pretty much like it does now, in the existing nature reserve which is in fact the majority of the park, outside the former golf course.

    Sections of the current nature reserve area are managed in different ways. ‘Oaktree field’, beside the main car park, has the grass cut short, perfect for walking, playing, picnicking. Big Wood, at the top of the park, together with other wooded areas, is mixed woodland, with paths through (these help protect the wonderful bluebells in spring). We also have meadows, cut late in the summer, which... Continue reading

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    A step change in nature recovery

    by Adam, 4 months ago

    Rewilding offers a glimpse of how our countryside once looked, sounded and smelled. It is a great way to demonstrate through education how much we have lost since WWII and intensification of land use. Using the core area of park as a true wild zone by limiting access will help nature reestablish and spread to other parts of the park and wider countryside, helped by creating wildlife corridors along hedgerows and streams in and out of the park. This does not need intensive human intervention to develop - it needs to be handsoff as much as possible, letting nature heal... Continue reading

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    Re-wilding as an opportunity to change people's attitudes and behaviours towards nature more widely, beyond the park itself

    by J, 5 months ago

    I can see that this is very much what many of us want and is a wider ambition for this project for the experts involved. This is a fantastic opportunity to evaluate how a wider change in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved. Which specific parts of the re-wilding exercise work best to change what people do in their daily lives to support nature? We want to implement what we know works best in changing behaviour. What is the best available evidence of this now and, if the evidence base is embryonic, how can we work with others to evaluate... Continue reading

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    Children's language development - using the outdoors to support development of language so children can achieve their potential

    by J, 5 months ago

    Listening to Graham Spencer talk so passionately about the way nature can support the people's mental health and how the re-wilding of Allestree Park can achieve this, got me thinking about something I have worked on for many years ( in another area) - that is - supporting young children to develop adequate speech and language skills. Such skills are known to have an impact on how well a child does at school, how well they make friends and the extent to which they can make a positive contribution to their community.

    In Derby, you have the Talk Derby initiative... Continue reading

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    Wildlife corridors connecting to Allestree Park

    by Ros, 5 months ago

    Building on Jamie's idea of Hedgerows as wildlife highways radiating out from Allestree Park I would like to refer you to our Quarndon Parish Neighbourhood Plan which identifies important wildlife corridors between Allestree Park and Kedleston Park. As yet these have no protected status but protection of trees and improvements to the condition of hedgerows within these corridors would be of great benefit .


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    Hedges - create a wildlife highway connecting, maintaining and improving the local hedges, radiating out of the park.

    by Jamie, 5 months ago

    Allestree Park could be the "Spaghetti Junction" of hedge wildlife routes across this part of the city. There are so many poorly maintained hedges across this area along roadsides and in gardens. People are digging them up but they provide such an important habitat for wildlife. As part of the re-wilding of Allestree Park, plant and improve some hedgerows.

    Use this initiative as a springboard to encourage locals to plant and maintain their own hedgerows and get work parties across the community to improve existing hedges across this part of the city. Educate locals about their importance and how to... Continue reading

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    Follow sheffields example

    by Ellie, 5 months ago

    Sheffield have a great relationship with the council, wildlife trust and cycling community providing families, riders and the general public an excellent array of cycling activities all working in harmony together. Great boost to the community and establishing themselves as an outdoor city. We, in Derby have got great cycling history and future, be excellent to add some MTB trails to the cycling portfolio. Parkwood springs/ lady cannings are both excellent examples built by Bike Track who build the pump track on derby on cotton lane. Allestrees natural slope would be ideal for a gravity terrain based track or dual... Continue reading

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    Wales does it well

    by Family Focussed, 5 months ago
    Coed-Y-Brenin and Llandegla both do the mix of eco, outdoor activity and facilities in a sympathetic way which makes them successful and sustainable spaces. Great examples to reference.
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