Belper River Gardens Administration Plan

Area and Size

Belper River Gardens addresses an area of around 2. 4 hectares plus occupies a secluded placement at a junction associated with the River Derwent, The particular A6 and the Derby mainline railway. The Landscapes are just a short stroll from the centre associated with the historic Market City of Belper and are usually located within the Keep of Belper North. OS Grid Research SK 346482.

Site Description

In 1905 George Herbert Strutt after discussion with the Belper City and Trade Association given some land to get a recreational amenity for the town of Belper. The park was officially opened on Easter Monday in 1906. There are two formal parks in Belper one being Belper River Gardens, which is owned and managed by Amber Valley Borough Council and the other being the Memorial Gardens, which are owned and managed by Belper Town Council.

Land Tenure

Belper River Gardens is owned by Amber Valley Borough Council, and is managed by the Landscape Services Section of the Environmental Services Department.


In the Beginning

In 1905 the Belper Town and Trade Association put forward the suggestion that a boating association be formed as a recreation amenity of the town. The local benefactor, George Herbert Strutt, a direct descendant of Jedediah Strutt who built the town’s first cotton mill, offered his support.

George Herbert agreed to develop an old osier bed by the River Derwent. The osiers were grown in earlier days for making baskets used in the mills. Within four months the ground was cleared and a wooden boating stage and iron boathouse were erected. The facilities were ceremoniously opened on Wakes Tuesday in July 1905, when various aquatic sports were held. The success of the venture led to George Herbert financing the development of the area into gardens and an arboretum. The official opening ceremony took place nine months later on Easter Monday 1906, when 8, 000 people watched a Grand Fireworks Display. This was followed on Wakes Tuesday by a Grand Venetian Fete, with decorated boats, a regatta, life saving exhibitions, fairy lights and entertainment by Belper Pierrots and Belper Usa Town Band, again went to by thousands who compensated sixpence entry fee, a substantial sum in those times.

Recent Background

In mid 1970s ownership of Belper Water Gardens used in Amber Area Borough Council, throughout the particular next 30 years the particular gardens were well managed but the fabric has been aged, the softwood tearooms became derelict and the particular wooden promenade started out in order to sink to the river.

In 2007 the Parks for individuals Lottery bet was submitted, but turned down in Septemebr 2007 because of to the amount associated with engineering works required in order to bring the gardens back again up to a useful standard. Amber Valley Borough Council see the Lake Gardens as a significant traditional feature and pledged £250k to the promenade task. This funding allowed Panorama Services and the Close friends Group apply for financing elsewhere, such as Development Point, Section 106 plus the Peoples Millions, the total of £715, 00. 00 was collected to finish the project.

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