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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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  • July 30, 2017
    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 »
  • July 11, 2017
    It's so nice to see that money has been spent on the Arboretum to tidy it up. It looks as it should, and when the Gate-House, and the Square outside the Park are tidied up, it will be a wonderful area...  more »
  • June 10, 2017
    Park very nicely uksztaltowany however, in niezyt a nice place but the park is very nice alleys niezadbana unfortunately fountain a lot of greenery and playgrounds for games and fun for the (midnight)
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