Saturday, December 9, 2023

DerwentWISE Celebrates 5 years With Superhero Picnic

On Thursday August 2 DerwentWISE will be celebrating at Darley Parks with a superhero picnic.

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are celebrating the final year of DerwentWISE, a Landscape Partnership Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The event will include a giant circus-style big top in Darley Park where visitors will be having lots of fun making, creating, playing games and exploring nature.

There will be opportunities to try crafts, making mini mosaics, a Highland cow from willow, giant land art, nature power bracelets, clay fossils, and caddisfly cases. Learn about the local wildlife by river dipping and mini beast hunts and learn about the landscape and heritage through story-telling and weaving. Visitors can also join on a treasure hunt and try and find your way out of the stone labyrinth.

Space Cadets will be in their bright and beautiful SeedPod asking people what they love about the Derwent Valley.

This is one of three celebration events over the next nine months to celebrate the success of DerwentWISE.

Nadine Stevenson said: “We are delighted to be having our first celebration event as part of Derby City Council’s Love Parks week.  For the last five years we’ve been learning about and caring for the wildlife and heritage of the Lower Derwent Valley with schools, families, volunteers and local groups.

“Now it’s time to share and celebrate the projects and the people that made it happen. There is a wonderful legacy of community togetherness that has come from DerwentWISE and we really want to celebrate that and ensure it continues long after the project has come to an end.”

Tania Pells the DerwentWISE Scheme Manager added: “We feel very lucky to be able to have the DerwentWISE celebration event as part of the Darley Park superhero picnic. Through the partnership we have introduced highland cows grazing on the local nature reserve and restored historic views in the park.

“A highlight was creating the mosaic installation in the hydrangea garden, a collaboration with the local community, William Gregg School and Friends of Darley Open Spaces. Not to mention the Derby Parks team who have been a joy to work with.”

The Darley Parks Superhero Picnic will be taking place on Thursday 2nd August between 11am-3pm. No booking is required just come along and join in the fun.  All DerwentWISE activities are FREE

DerwentWISE is the Lower Derwent Valley Landscape Partnership hosted by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The project focuses on restoring the valley’s natural and cultural heritage. For more information about the project and other events that will take place to mark the final year please visit 

Claire Meese


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