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The Friends of Allestree Park

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Because of its size and varied landscapes, Allestree Park provides much scope for outdoor recreation of all kinds. There is, indeed, the golf course and the lake for angling, but there is much more to do than this.

You can spend a whole day walking in the Park without retracing your steps.  Walking is made much more pleasurable if you take the time to take in the magnificent views and to look at natural features - ranging from wild flowers to butterflies and birds.  

The woods are particularly good for many species of fungi, especially in autumn and there are several magnificent trees of great age.

Allestree Park is a wonderful facility for enjoying the outdoors and learning about the natural world and has long been used as a venue for guided walks and other activities by the City Council and other organisations.

The Friends have organised several of these, including activity days for young people in collaboration with the City Council. Participants are able to enjoy a variety of things, including bird-box making, bug hunts and pond-dipping.
 

On the Golf Course - with views across the Derwent Valley

 

There must be very few courses more scenic than that of Allestree Park.

 golf course
 An angler on the Lower Lake

angling
 An August Bank Holiday in the Park august bank holiday

 A Veteran tree walk:

 

Neil Granthier, one of Allestree Parks' rangers  addressing a party in front of one of the Park's venerable giants.

ancient tree walk
 A Veteran tree walk:

 

Participants measuring a giant oak.
measuring veteran tree

Children’s Activity Day:

 

Making a bird nesting box

bird box making

 Children’s Activity Day:

 ‘Treasure’ Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

treasure hunt
 

  Photos 1-5 by Bill Grange 6&7 by Derby evening Telegraph

 

 

Allestree Park Nature Trail

There is a free nature trail leaflet for Allestree Park, produced by Derby City Council. The route starts at the main car park and includes a circuit of the Lake, following numbered posts.

 

Click on the picture on the right to go to Derby City Council's Walks and Nature Trails page - click on the nature trail for Allestree Park to see and print out a copy of the leaflet.

 nature trail post