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Chaddesden Wood Sculpture Trail
 

On Sunday 7 January, the first of our planned wooden sculptures was 'unveiled'. It is a family of hedgehogs and a large juicy worm.

The animals have been carved by the talented Derbyshire wood sculptor Andrew Frost and the wood has been sourced from a selection of sustainable British timber; Redwood, Cyprus and Cedar. The sculptures are a great addition to our local nature reserve and have been designed to encourage children to sit on and explore whilst visiting the woods. They live near the Cherrybrook entrance to the wood, in the middle of the triangle formed by the meeting paths.

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

On 19th July 2023, 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.

Heather Bryant, Chairperson of the Friends of Chaddesden Wood said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received a Green Flag Community Award for the last seven years.. 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 www.keepbritaintidy.org.

 

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.

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