Derby Arboretum

Derby Arboretum is famous for being Britain’s first public park. It is situated a mile from the centre of Derby in the Rose Hill area.

It was given to the people of Derby by Joseph Strutt in 1840 and designed by the garden designer John Claudius Loudon. Loudon is famous for a style of planting design called the Gardenesque. The aim was to have exotic species in natural compositions.

Walk along the winding paths and look out for a number of specimen trees including red maple, japanese cherries, magnolia, catalpa and several types of pine trees.

In the Spring, crocus and snowdrops flower in the grass while the cut hedges include sarcococca.

The Heart of the Park building has community rooms, a cafe, public toilets and changing rooms for the adjacent sports facilities.

There’s also a playground.

There’s a leaflet listing the main tree species.

Derby Arboretum is free to enter.

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Address: Derby, Derbyshire, DE23 8FR View map Phone: 01332 640789 Length of visit: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: No
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Parking on Grass Verge: No
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes
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