Parks and gardens


Amber Valley Borough Council manage a variety of sites and facilities including eight green flag award-winning parks. Parks and gardens located within the borough include:

  • Crossley park - awarded green flag 2007-2023
  • Heanor memorial park - awarded green flag 2012-2023
  • Belper river gardens - awarded green flag 2011-2023
  • Belper park - awarded green flag 2008-2023
  • Cray's Hill Queen Elizabeth park - awarded green flag 2012-2023
  • Somercotes park
  • Alfreton park
  • Alfreton welfare
  • Riddings park - awarded green flag 2016-2023
  • Pennytown ponds local nature reserve - awarded green flag 2011-2023
  • Belper cemetery - awarded green flag 2014-2023

Nature reserves

Derbyshire County Council manages a number of nature reserves, four of which are sites of special scientific interest and eight of which are local nature reserves. Most of the nature reserves have public access. We liaise with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust which has more than 40 nature reserves.

Making great parks with friends groups

Great parks improve many aspects of people's lives - helping to improve health, providing safe places for children to play and learn, increasing both the environmental and economic value of an area and providing space for wildlife. We manage parks efficiently and effectively but welcome the involvement of as many users as possible. Citizens are encouraged to respect their environment and be good neighbours.
Please see 'making great parks with friends groups' and 'partnership behaviour protocol' for further details including the principles which guide our relationship with friends' groups - voluntary groups of local residents, workers or visitors who dedicate some of their time, energy and effort to caring for and improving their local park to help us all make it great.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email