A team of robust volunteers recently got involved in repairing fences, protecting young trees, removing invasive species and litter picking in Chaddesden Wood in Oakwood, despite the Winter weather.

Friends of Chaddesden Wood is just one of the wonderful ‘Friends groups’ making a huge difference across Derby Parks by helping to manage our green spaces.

Friends of Allestree Park also did their part for their local park this weekend with a tree planting session. They generously donated their spare time from on Saturday 14 January to plant 410 trees which were donated to them by the Woodland Trust as part of their campaign to get everyone in the country to plant a tree.

The trees are a native mix of oak, hazel, hawthorn, rowan, birch, blackthorn and willow. To find out more about the scheme please visit the Woodland Trust website.

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“Volunteering can be a rewarding way for local people to spend time maintaining and improving local green spaces for the benefit of the community. Gardening tasks and tree planting are also a fantastic way to keep active, learn new skills and meet new people whilst doing something worthwhile by being part of a great project to enhance Derby’s environment.”

To learn about all 18 of Derby’s ‘Friends of’ groups and to find out how you can get involved with volunteering in Derby Parks visit the InDerby website.