Throughout the year many people help us by undertaking litter picking sessions. A group of local residents have held a couple of sessions, Chellaston Scout group do periodic sessions and we are aware of dog walkers and individuals who also help by collecting rubbish they come across as they walk the reserve. This may seem a very simple thing but it is an essential part of keeping the Nature Reserve looking good and it is help that we value greatly. We offer our sincere thanks to everyone who helps in this way. During the summer the reserve will again be judged for a Community Green flag award and one of the things that lose points is litter, so litter picking really is a vital task. Small amounts of litter collected can be left in or by the litter bins, either on the Bensley Close car park or adjacent to the footpath on Pit Close, it will be collected by Derby City Council.
Community Green Flag Awards 2019
We were delighted to be awarded our second Green Flag Community award last year. This involves a lot of hard work, not only by our 'Friends' group but by members of the local community too, who assist by collecting litter, this is a very important part of the judging process and greatly appreciated.
Our application for 2019 has been submitted and we are working to ensure that the points raised by the judge are acted upon. This award encourages us to continue to work hard to improve this lovely green space and to ensure that it remains a place for everyone to enjoy, not only now but for future generations too. (Update Feb 2019).
Community Green Flag Awards 2018
We have recently completed our application for the 2018 Green Flag awards. Unlike last year we will not know when the reserve will be inspected, it will be 'blind shopped' by the judge at some time during the summer months. This means that we have to keep a close eye on things, especially litter collection and path maintenance. As soon as we receive any news about our application it will be posted on our latest news panel.
Community Green Flag 2017
Every year Keep Britain Tidy inspect thousands of Parks, Nature Reserves and Green spaces to judge the work done to keep these special places in good order and the award is a mark of the quality of those places. It is a sign to the public that the space has reached the highest possible environmental standard and is beautifully maintained. Each Flag is a celebration of the volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. Chellaston Brickworks was inspected in June, at a time when the reserve was looking wonderful, with 100's of orchids and wildflowers covering the grassland. We all waited patiently for the results to be released and were delighted to find that we had been successful at our first attempt. Representatives of the 'Friends group' attended the presentations at Pride Park Stadium, along with volunteers representing groups from the whole of the East of England.
It is so good to have all the hard work recognised, it makes those cold, wet days we work on the reserve worthwhile. We would also like to thank all the local residents who quietly help by picking up litter as they walk their dogs etc., your help is much appreciated.
One of our next tasks is to decide where to display our flag and hopefully we will be able to obtain some funding to erect a flag pole near to the entrance of the reserve, as a sign that our local nature reserve is valued and special.