A Cleaner, Greener Derby for Everyone

Compared to many cities, we are fortunate in Derby. We have a wide variety of popular and well used parks and public open spaces, and beautiful trees on so many streets.

But that's not the whole story. Government figures show that Derby has some of the worst air quality in the country, putting people's health at risk. Travel options are often restricted if you aren't going by car. Derby's parks are suffering from a lack of maintenance that's seeing them deteriorate. Derby's recycling levels have crashed under Labour, leading to waste going unnecessarily to landfill.

Being around nature and having open green spaces available has proven health and wellbeing benefits for all. Spaces that a community have a sense of ownership for can thrive and develop far better. If we're to see the benefits for our community, we need to make some changes.

We will -

  • Increase the number of public trees and plants around the city centre to create a softer, more natural environment
  • Develop and improve walking routes to the city and district centres and increase provision of seating to help those who could walk further if they could take periodic breaks
  • Open up more of the Derwent riverside area and make it a more attractive space to be
  • Follow the example of other towns and cities that have deliberately planted not just ornamental but edible plants in their public spaces, and expand schemes such as Littleover's community orchard across the city
  • Support 'Friends of local Parks' and 'Community in Bloom' organisations citywide to promote a sense of community ownership of shared spaces
  • Support local community groups who wish to care for highway land in their communities, and produce guidelines to help groups best do this
  • Enable and encourage community-managed gardens to brighten up our city
  • Prioritise native UK species and locally sourced plants to promote biodiversity and avoid importing pests
  • Commit to reducing the use of artificial herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers in public parks with a long-term goal of eliminating their routine use
  • Seek to plant some verges as permanent wildflower meadows that can encourage bees, butterflies and other insects rather than just grass and reduce maintenance costs
  • Engage with people about why air quality is important and how they can help improve their local air quality
  • Ensure the 'Clean air zones' are implemented quickly and effectively to minimise air pollution
  • Encourage and support community measurement of air quality using cheap commercially available sensors which can be linked in to a centrally published database to let communities see the state of their area and act
  • Increase the number of waste and recycling bins in public areas to make it easier for people to do the right thing
  • Support community litter pick activity sessions