Our City, Our River (OCOR) work commences next week at Bass’ Recreational Ground, Pride Park, Alvaston Park and Darley and Nutwood Local Nature Reserve.

The planned works, which is part of Project Munio environmental enhancements, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will create a more diverse riverside environment and open up views of the river to the city.

There will be selected removal of dead or self-set trees and vegetation to open up the views of the river, as part of OCOR’s 2012 Masterplan and the removal of deadwood from the tree crowns and trees which have fallen into the river.

The work will also tackle the management of invasive non-native species, such as Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. This will promote growth by opening up of areas beneath the trees to allow for native marginal planting to help create a diverse riverside environment.

Replanting and seeding work will follow to create wildflower and picnic areas along this stretch riverside.

The installation of new habitats such as bird and bat boxes will provide news spaces for wildlife in the area, as well as habitat improvement works including artificial otter holts.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said:

 “The OCOR project is about bringing the river back into the city. This vital tree management will not only help to maintain the trees and protect existing wildlife species but will also open views to the Derwent in our open spaces along the river banks.”

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism added:

 “The hope is that with these environmental works, the river will become part of Derby again and create a much more enjoyable riverside experience within walking distance from the city centre.”

Environmental work will begin on Monday 25th February and be completed by the end of March.

The £95million OCOR project has been developed to reduce long-term flood risk as well as managing and maintaining the open spaces along the riverside and linking the city centre with the river.

More information about the project is available on the Our City Our River webpage.