In Derby
Community Payback in Derby have been working in partnership with Derby City Council’s Parks teams since 2012, and their work has contributed to the Local Authority winning the prestigious Green Flag for several of its parks.

Green Flag is a benchmark national standard that is awarded in recognition for well managed and maintained parks and green spaces. The city council achieved Green Flag status in July 2014 for Alvaston and Chaddesden Parks and Derby Arboretum.
Project – Alvaston Park

The Community Payback action
A new wheelchair accessible footpath was created from the entrance to the main car park. The supervised offenders also painted the ball courts and planted spring bulb displays. On-going maintenance includes regularly clearing away duck excrement and weed from the lake.
Project – Chaddesden Park

The Community Payback action
Peeling railings and gates were repainted as well as two bridges. The edges of a park path were redefined, which regained up to 50% of the path width.
Project – Derby Arboretum
The oldest municipal park in England.

The Community Payback action
Old railings and benches were repainted, borders were dug and weeded. There is on-going work involves creating a new community garden area in the park.
Project – The Darley Park Hydrangea Garden
This part of the park has the largest collection of hydrangeas in the UK.

The Community Payback action
Supervised offenders cleared weeds and cut back, redefined path edges, laid mulch and rebuilt steps within the garden. The team continue to tidy up and place mulch on a regular basis.
Further work has included:

  • renovating toilets and changing rooms at Sinfin Moor,
  • cutting back overgrowth around the lake at Allestree Park and redefining the path edge so that walkers can get by safely
  • repainting play equipment and the ball courts in Normanton Park.