Hedgelaying Project along Eastern Boundary of Wood

Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a native oak woodland forming part of the vital green wedge into the residential suburb of Oakwood, Derby. Locally known as ‘Bluebell Wood’, the 10 hectare parcel of land has been continuously wooded for over 400 years, defining it as ‘ancient’ woodland. It is an important wildlife reserve both locally and regionally and its value as a recreational resource is demonstrated by the high number of year-round visitors. Designated by Natural England as a ‘Local Nature Reserve’ in 1991, it was the first in Derby City to be offered this protection.


Following on from the success of the hedgelaying that took place in late autumn 2018, (funded by a grant award of £2,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the Postcode Lottery) we are delighted to announce that the Derby Parks Volunteers have agreed to continue the work up to the Cherrybrook Drive entrance to Chaddesden Wood. The project, identified by professional ecologists in the LNR Management Plan 2011-21, is a key objective in improving the biodiversity of the woodland.


Hedgelaying is a traditional country craft used to create attractive, secure and wildlife friendly boundaries. FoCW members will be learning these traditional skills from experienced members of the Derby Parks Volunteers as they work alongside them on this project. Not only will it improve the security and appearance of the boundary, it will also create the perfect environment for nesting birds, hedgehogs, bats and other wildlife. In addition, letting more light into the wood will benefit the ground flora such as native bluebells and wood anemones.


Some of the branches that are cut back will be used to strengthen the base of the hedge; others will be stacked on the woodland floor to create log-pile habitats for insects and amphibians.

Chaddesden Wood is flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

On 19th 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.

Maggie Cooper, Chairperson of the Friends of Chaddesden Wood said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Community Award for first time. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication of volunteers who help to maintain Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve to such a high standard”.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.  “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”


The Green Flag Awards Scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.


Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit


Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.