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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 1 mile 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 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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  • The park is worth going to for it's history. It is a case of faded glory, you now have to watch out for motorbikes but there are some benches and some nice community activities happening which are run...  more »
  • This was the first public park in England. It has beautiful old trees, and well kept floral borders. There is a bandstand sadly not used anymore. Lots of rides for the children to enjoy. Tarmac paths ...  more »
  • beautiful park and open space but spoilt by the low-lifes that frequent it. Wouldn't want to be here on my own!  more »

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