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Bluebells in Chaddesden Wood
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Friends of Chaddesden Wood



The Planning Application that JGP Properties put in for over 120 houses on ‘Land North of Chaddesden Wood’ (South of Lime Lane) has been WITHDRAWN from consideration, following the recommendation from Derby City Council Planning Officers, that it be rejected.

We would like to thank all those who objected to the proposal (over 700 local residents), and all the partner agencies, who made their objections known to Derby City Council and outlined all their reasons against the proposal. Without their support, this result likely would never have been achieved.

There is still a chance the applicants may submit another proposal, or seek to secure approval for housing via a different means, so this may not be the end of the threat to this site just yet.


Formed in February 2010 with just nine members, the voluntary group now has over 200 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. We received our 2023/2024 award in July this year. 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.                      

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Ancient oak tree at the entrance to Chaddesden Wood

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 ...

Plan of Chaddesden Wood

In addition to the pathway walk around Chaddesden Wood, there are three 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 ...

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