The Allestree Park project is an exciting urban rewilding project in Derbyshire. The project aims to engage with the local community to co-design and deliver a community rewilding project to create the largest urban rewilding site in England.
Allestree Park is the largest open space in Derby, a city with a population of 250,000 people. The site is a former municipal golf course and also includes a local nature reserve and mixed woodland. Derby City Council is working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the University of Derby and Friends of Allestree Park to develop the community rewilding project.
Allestree Park will help connect existing habitats around Derby and help the city meet its climate commitments whilst also providing everyday access to quality nature experiences to local residents. Engagement with local communities include community co-design, volunteering, a new community orchard, a wellbeing hub, accessible and inclusive self-led recreational opportunities and programme of engagement opportunities (Wild Schools, Junior Rangers, Nature Tots, events and activities).
KICK STARTING REWILDING
This rewilding project is at the strategy planning stage and the final detail hasn’t been decided yet. The actions planned to kickstart rewilding on the site include expanding the range of grazing animals, supporting natural regeneration, wetland creation and reintroducing key species.
Meet the Rewilders: Allestree
Meet some of the many people behind Allestree Park, Britain’s largest urban rewilding project.
The Rewilding Network
Community Rewilding Allestree Park is part of our Rewilding Network, the go-to place for projects across Britain to connect, share and make rewilding happen on land and sea.
More about Community Rewilding Allestree Park
Find out more about Community Rewilding Allestree Park on their website.