Let’s talk rewilding at Allestree Park
Published: 23 March 2022
Since January, Derby City Council has been asking the public to consult on rewilding at Allestree Park. Although the consultation period is due to end on 11 April, there is still time for you to have your say.
The consultation is in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Derby, who want to hear from everyone who is interested in how the park can be developed into the UK’s largest urban rewilding space, whether they live nearby or enjoy the park regularly.
Already there has been over 1000 responses and thoughts on the rewilding project including supporting nature recovery in the Derby region, providing more space for a range of nature-rich habitats and potentially new species reintroduction. Respondents are also talking about activities closer to nature, including self-led and guided nature trails, walk or wheeled opportunities, educational courses, and a visitors’ centre. There has been less interest in adventure activities such as zip wiring or glamping
Rewilding the 130-hectare parkland, will support climate change and bring wide-ranging benefits for nature, wildlife and people.
You can get involved in the consultation online at Allestree Rewilding | Let’s Talk Derby. As well as the consultation survey to complete, there is space for sharing views and ideas to get the conversation started.
Paper copies of the survey are available in libraries in Derby and from the main reception at the Council House in Corporation Street, Derby. You can also call 01332 640000 to ask for a paper copy or a copy in an alternative format.
The consultation period runs until 11 April.