Derby's Heritage Part 25 - The Arboretum (Sections D & E)
w/e 29 January 2012
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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We remain in Derby Arboretum for this part which will focus mainly on the final two sections before making our way towards the Arboretum Street exit.

Florentine Boar

Florentine BoarOur route resumes at the Florentine Boar which stands at a T-junction of paths that separate Sections C (behind the statue), B and D.

The adjacent information plaque (right) reads: "In Florentine Boar Plaque1806 Joseph Strutt commissioned sculptor W J Coffee to make a ceramic copy of the Renaissance boar sculpture in Marketo Nuovo, Florence. Originally located in the gardens at his house in central Derby, the boar was transferred to this site when the Arboretum opened in 1840. It survived here for a little over a century until being severely damaged by a World War II bombing raid in 1941, and was then removed. As part of the Arboretum refurbishments, the original boar was replaced by this bronze replica."
Long Straight Path

The serpentine path continues around the perimeter of the site but a long straight path leads directly from the Florentine Boar to the fountain and separates Section B of the Arboretum on the left from Section D on the right. The tree catalogue lists only seven trees in Section D including a couple of limes, an oak, a beech and an ash.

The fountain stands at the intersection of the four straight paths that split the Arboretum into four of the five sections and the view above looking between Sections A and E is towards Grove Lodge where we started our walk around the Arboretum in Part 23. The information plaque here reads: "This fountain was designed by Andrew Handyside in 1845. The lower basin is the original but the stem above is a replica. Many of the original urns in the Arboretum were also cast at Handyside's Derby foundry, but few of these survive today. This crossing of the two main straight paths was always intended to be a focal point of the park. Loudon's initial suggestion for this site was stone seating and a statue."
Three In A Row

Turning at the fountain to look along the path to Loudon's roofless "shelter" (this an original) that was constructed purely as a focal point to keep the eye within the Arboretum's boundary, we can also see the three trees in Section D that feature in the Tree Trail. Pointing towards Arboretum Lodge where we will eventually take our leave and standing in a line on the mound are a Narrow Leaved Ash, a Silver Pendant Lime and a Holm Oak. The tree catalogue also identifies the small tree on the right as an Indian Bean Tree and the larger tree behind along the path back to the boar as an Oriental Beech but neither of these features on the Tree Trail.
Section E

Before making our exit though from the Arboretum, there is still one more section to view. This is Section E which contains nearly half of all the trees listed on the Tree Trail. As well as the dozen on the Tree Trail, the catalogue also identifies another fifty two trees in this section that originate all across the northern hemisphere. There are firs and pines from North America, mulberry trees, hazels and cherries from China, Japan and other parts of Asia plus a whole host of varieties from Europe.
Grove Lodge

It would be easy to spend a substantial amount of time in this section just picking out the the interesting trees and reading about them such as the one on the left of this image. This is a Tree of Heaven that comes from Northern China and which produces suckers from its roots as a way of propagating itself. It is too cold in Britain to grow from seed but it produces red seeds that are prominent in September. Since 2003 the Arboretum has enjoyed a new lease of life for, with the aid of a Lottery Grant, a significant amount of work has restored both Grove Lodge (seen here) and Arboretum Lodge as well initiating the removal of some trees, the planting of others and the labelling of many specimens.
The Level Area

From Grove Lodge we double back towards Arboretum Lodge resuming this time along the serpentine path and passing through a level area of Section E that unlike the rest of the Arboretum has flower beds and no mounds. There are actually three or four paths through this level area but they all converge near the bowling green.
Bowling Green

And it is from a mound near the bowling green with the "shelter" beyond that we conclude our Arboretum walk as we will continue the Heritage Walk Part 26 in Arboretum Street. It is perhaps unfortunate that we reached the Arboretum during the winter months when many of the trees had lost their leaves. These two small images taken in the autumn of 2011 show how colourful the Arboretum can be and suggest that more visits in other seasons might well be worthwhile.

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Continued in Part 26

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