Spondon in Bloom

Welcome to the page for Spondon in Bloom. You can find information from previous years here.

Trees for Spondon group starts re-planning (July 2020)

As  reported earlier, we have been successful in applying for free trees from the Woodland Trust and are expecting about 1,400 to be delivered at the end of November. At that time, we will be seeking volunteers to help with the planting! We had hoped to use the public meeting to confirm our planned areas for planting; at the moment we are looking at Dale Road, Borrow Wood Recreation Ground, Willowcroft Road and South Avenue Parks. We are also looking at the small open area between Moor End and Hamilton Road. All these areas are owned by the City Council, and we have their support.

Our planned online survey to consult with the residents of Spondon on our project, including our planting proposals, can still go ahead; this will be available during the month of August and can be found here.Please complete this yourself and encourage as many people as you can to do so as well. We hope it will demonstrate broad public support for our plans but also give us an insight into people’s motivation. Some may feel the mitigation of climate change is the most important, while others will prioritise an improved landscape.

There will be posters around Spondon and a mention in the July C&C. We also plan to deliver an explanatory leaflet to addresses around the parks where we are thinking of planting. Please contact us if you can help with this. We are conscious that we will not be able to get a response from those who are not online, especially with the library still closed but cannot see a solution to that.

We continue to work with the Trees for Derby group although their plans have also had to be paused. They did manage to plant a lot of trees just before the lockdown and, like us, will be restarting towards the end of the year. We have also started a dialogue with the new Friends of Spondon Parks, The annual National Tree Week runs from 28th November to 6th December and we need to plan carefully so that we aren’t all running events at the same time! Also at the national level, the government is running a consultation (closing on 11th September) about its planned National Tree Strategy, we encourage you to take part here

Trees for Spondon update (March 2020)

We had thought to give you an update earlier but after a few weeks of intensive planning our schedule was rendered invalid by the current health crisis. We have not given up but recognise that we must put our activities on hold for the time being.

Our intention was to hold a public “launch event” and we will still do that but not in June as we had hoped. As preparation for that we have designed an online survey to gauge the level of support in the community and that is ready to go once some degree of normality returns.

Our small steering group did manage to compile the list of over 40 potential planting sites around Spondon with a range of sizes and potential planting schemes. A site survey was completed of the most promising ones and a priority shortlist completed. The survey we plan will ask for views on this list and the public meeting provide further details and an opportunity for input.

We have also forged a link with the city-wide Trees for Derby group as well as some of the potential partner organisations in Spondon.

In preparation for the next planting season (November to March) we have successfully applied to the Woodland Trust for over 1400 saplings which will be delivered towards the end of the year. Hopefully, by then, the current restrictions will have been eased so that we can organise volunteer groups to actually plant them – and we will be starting on our objective to add 12,000 trees to Spondon’s landscape.

One small step on the way was achieved by the Friends of Spondon Station, who planted nearly 40 trees there at the end of February. Unfortunately, safety restrictions required by Network Rail meant that we could not open this up to the general public.

The next few weeks (or months) will prove difficult for many people, but be assured that this is a postponement of our plans not abandonment. We will use this newsletter distribution to keep you updated on developments and let you know when we are able to restart the project.


Trees for Spondon launch

The Village Improvement Committee has now launched a new group – Trees for Spondon – to promote tree-planting in the community. Although currently Trees for Derby logoonly a few members, we are working closely with Trees for Derby and the Woodland Trust as well as seeking partnerships with Derby City Council and other community groups.

The ambition of Trees for Derby is to plant one tree for every person in Derby (a quarter of a million) so we will aim for the equivalent – 12,000 trees, one for every resident of Spondon. Obviously, we need additional resources, such as money and volunteers so we will be publicising our group over the coming months.

The winter season for tree-planting is nearly over, so we are concentrating on the planning needed for next winter, starting in November. However, there may be some small scale activities as we get organised. Any planned events will feature on the SCA events page.

If you would like to know more we will add you to our mailing list, or if you want to offer help(!) - please contact us. We will also be at the VIC Spring Fair on Saturday 23rd May.




Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden on Chapel Street was once Spondon's cemetery and there are still a number of headstones along one edge. As we get a number of queries about them, two of our volunteers - Elizabeth Kay and Liz Priestley have researched the people named on them. This has been deposited at Derby's Local Studies Library but is also accessible from Spondon Historical Society website.

Spondon Social Safari 2020

Spondon’s Social Safari will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th July. As before, the “safari stops” will open at varying times so you should be able to see them all!

These, and all the open gardens, will be detailed in the free programme, to be available nearer the time. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page.

As ever, you will not be short of refreshment at the open gardens and there will be a wide variety of displays, stalls and entertainment for all ages. Participants are supporting a wide variety of good causes and will also be making a contribution to the Village Improvement Committee and Spondon Traders Association. For the first time, this event is a joint venture between the two organisations, ably led by Vicky Collins.

This is a great social event in Spondon’s calendar and we hope that the weather will encourage you to get out and meet your fellow residents!


Dale Road Park

The final phase of the improvements planned by the Village Improvement Committee is the installation of an information board. This was made possible by a generous donation from Severn Trent Water. The official unveiling took place on Wednesday 3rd June, performed by Peter Berry, who had lived in the old Army huts on the site in his childhood. We also heard from Jon Beeson of Severn Trent. (In the photograph, Jon Beeson is on the left, Derek Hathaway and Peter Berry behind the board. Pupils of Asterdale School, who contributed to the design, are in front of the board.

The following article appeared in the May 2014 issue of SCAN.

After the successful official unveiling of the toposcope in July 2013, the Village Improvement committee and City Council have continued to make improvements over the last 10 months. The final stage of the project will (funding permitting) complete this summer with the installation of an information board.
Rather than a conventional text-based board, the plan is to use one with a selection of audio files, each explaining some aspect of the Park. As well as giving more capacity for information, this will be in keeping with the “tactile” toposcope, to give accessibility to those with sight impairments. The VIC funded Lynn Chambers (who worked with schools last year to produce some of the toposcope designs) for a day in Asterdale School, to provide graphic elements for the information board.

Over the past few months, the Parks Department have conducted a “deep clean” (of all Spondon parks) as well as resurfacing the main path down to the southern boundary. We have also moved the “Jubilee planters” on to Dale Road itself, where we hope they will be less prone to vandalism.

With the help of a Neighbourhood Board grant, the Village Improvement Committee have organised an extension to the base of the toposcope to provide some extra protection to the motifs designed by local school pupils. With the same grant, the Parks Department were commissioned to prepare part of the ground for sowing wildflowers. Pupils from Borrow Wood School provided the labour (as shown here). In keeping with the centenary of the start of the First World War, the flower mix includes poppies.