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Derby Arboretum, Derby

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Derby Arboretum is a public park and arboretum in the city of Derby, England, located about 1mile south of the city centre in the Rose Hill area. It was opened in 1840, following the donation of the land by local philanthropist Joseph Strutt, and to designs by John Claudius Loudon. It was the first publicly owned, landscaped, urban, recreational park in England. After many years of neglect, the Arboretum was extensively refurbished in the early 21st century with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £5 million. It is listed as Grade II* 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 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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  • This place is fantastic to visit in the Autumn. The colours are incredible. The park also has an interesting history and some very impressive Victorian buildings. It is worth going to look at the orig...  more »
  • After reading some reviews I thought this would be a nice place to visit, how disappointed I was. After driving through a rather unpleasant part of Derby it was very disappointing that it appears to b...  more »
  • Didn't know anything about this place so just went. Got a train to Derby then looked at station map which told me the Arboretum was a 6 minute drive. Decided that may take a while to walk so got a tax...  more »

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