Comprising woodland, open parkland, a lake and a recently closed golf course, Allestree Park covers 130 hectares (320 acres) and is the largest open space in Derby. Now Derby city council has given the green light to making it the UK’s largest urban rewilding project. While how the rewilded park will look depends on a future public consultation, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust sees the project as part of a “Natural Health Service”. “We need nature as much as it needs us,” says CEO Dr. Jo Smith, who hopes that Derby city council's bold step will provide a blueprint for other councils to follow.

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