In January 2015, DCS worked alongside Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to plant native tree species on Mill Lane. The site, managed by DCC had fallen into a state of neglect since its last makeover in 2003 when a woodland trail was created with a timber footbridge over the Drone. The woodland trail is overgrown, the bridge unsafe and vehicles have caused damage to grassy areas and footpaths making it difficult for this once pleasant green space to be enjoyed.
With the involvement of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and in particular the expertise of Kelvin Lawrence, one hundred whips, (slender, unbranched tree seedlings) were planted.
Varieties included: cherry, field maple, crab apple, hazel, holly, hawthorn and blackthorn.
The Mill Lane planting is part of a three year project called ‘Value in Trees’ with funding from the Forestry Commission’s Big Tree Plant which aims to safeguard the genetic stock of our existing veteran trees and to plant more native tree species across the country.