Bluebells in Chaddesden Wood
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Friends of Chaddesden Wood



Green Flag Community Award

Formed in February 2010 with just nine members, the voluntary group now has over 150 names on the mailing list. The committee structure was formalised in February 2011, with the primary objectives of implementing the Management Plan recommendations, keeping records of wildlife on the site, securing grants and holding public awareness events.


In July 2017, a record number of parks and green spaces collected Green Flag Awards. Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve in Oakwood was one of those sites and as such has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. The woodland is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the
space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained
and has excellent visitor facilities. 

In 2018 we received a £2000.00 grant from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of Peoples Postcode Lottery, to start a hedgelaying project to improve the south eastern boundary of the wood as identified in the Management Plan for the woods.                      

We are about to start work on the second stage of our Hedgelaying Project and you can find more information on our news, events and project pages

Ancient oak tree

 Chaddesden Wood is special because it is one of two ancient woodlands in the city of Derby. "Ancient" means it has been continuousy wooded for at least 400 years. It covers nine hectares, or 23 acres. Acquired by Derby City Council in November 1990, it was declared A Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in April 1991 ... 

Nature Reserve plan

 In addition to the pathway walk around Chaddesden Wood, there are four additional local walks of varying lengths, all identified by waymarkers around the area. The circular walks are named Acorn, Bluebell, Lime and Kings. Download our guides today ...