Derby Arboretum: Grade II*

This urban park is of great historical importance. Designed by the nineteenth century horticulturist John Claudius Loudon, it was opened in 1840. As such, it has claims to be the first public park created in England. 

Recognising its great heritage merit, Derby City Council commissioned Mary Anderson & John Glenn to head a team of consultants to prepare a management and restoration plan for the site. This work, carried out between 1996 and 1998, included an historical and arboricultural appraisal of the park, and a community survey. Detailed plans and extensive written specifications of the proposed restoration were prepared by the practice and the projected costs for the scheme were produced by Quantity Surveyors, Thompson's of Peterborough.  All of this work formed part of a successful submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund, by Derby City Council.

We are pleased to have initiated this project and provided a sound professional basis on which the restoration  and regeneration of this park has been carried forward.



As part of the initial analysis of the site a detailed tree survey was prepared. By plotting the positions of the existing trees and comparing them to Loudon's planting plan of 1840 it was possible to assess how many of the original trees had survived. These are shown edged in yellow on the following plans.






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