Derby Arboretum, England’s oldest surviving public park, has been a much loved place at the heart of the local community since its opening in 1840. The restoration of the park completed in 2005 resulted in the rejuvenation of the historical buildings and landscape and the provision of new facilities, including the Heart of the Park building, a café, changing rooms, a new play area, sports courts and educational facilities.
The park is cared for by an enthusiastic team who are committed to promoting health and education and providing a vibrant and active park, enjoyed by as many people as possible.
The café provides a focal point close to the innovative play area. The sports courts and cricket nets are well used by older children and adults. These modern facilities complement the heritage landscape, fountain, buildings and superb collection of trees, which include the tallest lime tree of its type in Britain. The national significance of this historical park has been highlighted by being featured in the BBC programme Great Railway Journeys and the BBC book 100 places that made Britain Great and has been included in the BBC 2 programme 'The Secret History of the British Garden' with Monty Don, a four part series looking at the development of gardens throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries which was broadcast in late November/December 2015.
The Park has a strong Friends group and is used for many community events and activities. The Park celebrated its 175th anniversary in September 2015 and had three major celebration events on the park as well as numerous activities throughout the season. Artists from the Arboretum Arts residency programme, draw inspiration from the Arboretum's beautiful landscape. Spiral Arts provide a programme of arts/craft activities throughout the year and local schools visit the park on a regular basis and work with staff to help improve the park so it remains a beautiful asset for future generations to enjoy.