The Arboretum was England's first public park
Late last century the park was in a state of neglect
with many of its buildings dilapidated. Frequent vandalism and other
criminal activity made many potential visitors afraid to visit the park.
Derby City Council consulted local residents and found that although
people were reluctant to visit it in its run-down state, most valued the
park and were aware of its history.
from the Heritage Lottery, the Council and other
sources and the park restored to its former glory early in 2007.
Strutt a local mill owner and the first Mayor of the Reformed Borough,
wished to give the people of Derby a free "Pleasure Ground" for exercise
He commissioned John Claudius Loudon a
renowned writer and garden designer to draw up the
plans. Loudon laid the park
out with mounds
planted with trees
and shrubs to disguise the paths and park
This was done to give
the illusion of more space. To encourage people to
walk all around the 11 acre site, where no
two species of tree
or shrub were the same.
Thursday 17 September 1840, Joseph Strutt handed
over the deeds of the Arboretum to the town council,
This was followed by a large procession from the
town hall to the Arboretum, which marked the
beginning of three days of public festivities,
following the birth of England's first public park.
The newly refurbished children's play
area has three zones to cater for
different age groups:
toddler zone - with a pirate
ship, sand area with construction
equipment, climbing equipment and
junior zone - with swings,
roundabout and climbing
senior zone - with challenging
equipment for children aged 13 and
over, including a zip slide and
tree trail - leaflets available
from Tourist Information Centre, or
from the Park Office at
sports block - with changing rooms,
toilets and baby changing facilities.
information/update - contact the
Arboretum park office.
Telephone 01332 292612.
Or contact Derby City Parks.
Telephone 01332 715507 - during
Park Rangers 01332 367800 every day,
including weekends, from 9am until
Fax 01332 716512
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The park's main entrances are on Reginald
Street, Grove Street, Rosehill Street and Arboretum Square, off Osmaston
Rangers are based permanently at the park and are on duty during the
park’s opening hours.
is included in the English Register of Parks and Gardens and
attracts Visitors from all over the world.
further information please refer to the excellent website set up by
Chris Harris. Click
here to go to the site.
new sub-section has been added to this website, based on the
Discover Derby Supplement, published by the Derby Evening Telegraph
during March 2005. The most recent additions are:
below for details.
HEART OF THE PARK building includes a Community and Sports
STREET LODGE is the main historic and educational resource centre in the
STREET LODGE is now used as a gallery.
entrance to the park, a "Welcome Panel" explains the park’s importance