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Derby Arboretum, Derby

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Derby Arboretum is a public arboretum and park in the city of Derby. Located in the Rose Hill area, about a mile south of Derby city centre, it was the first publicly owned, landscaped, urban, recreational park in England. After many years of neglect, the Arboretum has recently been extensively refurbished with the aid of a National Lottery grant of almost £5 million. It is listed on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.HistoryDerby Arboretum opened in 1840 and is often described as "Britain's first public park". Although green spaces and common lands had of course existed previously, as had private parkland and gardens, the park in Derby was the first to be deliberately planned as a place of public recreation in an urban setting.The Arboretum was donated to the town in 1840 by Joseph Strutt, a former mayor of Derby and member of a prominent local family of industrialists. A noted philanthropist, Strutt was grateful to the working people of Derby for the part they had played in helping him and his family amass their fortune, and wanted to convey his thanks by providing a much needed recreational facility for a rapidly expanding and urbanising area. Strutt commissioned John Claudius Loudon to design the park, and Loudon adapted Strutt's original plans for a botanical garden and pleasure grounds to his own vision, incorporating landscaped walkways.
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  • beautiful park and open space but spoilt by the low-lifes that frequent it. Wouldn't want to be here on my own!  more »
  • If you want to unwind and admire beautiful trees, this is the place to come to. the swings and slides are great and the children love it. However, it is a shame some gates have been locked. One is no ...  more »
  • This years ago was the main park in Derby as all the wealthy people lived in the area but since migration it is now an out of bounds area for most people. It is in an area called Normanton which is we...  more »