The River Derwent, Darley, Derbyshire
Looks tranquil enough but don’t be deceived . After all the heavy rains of the past week, the river is running fast, about 3 ft to 4ft higher and very murky. As there was much more rain up stream in the county, I expect it might rise a little further. The weather has been a real mix-up for a few weeks now. No day is stable, one minute blue skies and sunshine, the next torrential rain, gone are the mellow showers. So first stop today was to check on those water levels. The weir that was built long ago to provide power for the Darley Mill complex was indeed running high but some way off flood levels.
The river has been a backdrop on many of our walks this past year. Covid and lockdown restrictions have limited our options. I do feel that we are very lucky in our location. Whilst we are on the outskirts of the City of Derby, we do have a number of local green space options… Public Parks – for whom we have to be grateful for generous benefactors, donating these spaces to the City and its people. This of course happen many many years ago. They were established for the “wellbeing” of the local people….. a healthy idea, long before we invented the terms such as Wellbeing Space, Woodland Bathing, Green Gyms, etc.
These wide open spaces have been a real blessing in what has been restrictive times. So let me share some highlights of the locality from the past two days…. enjoyed whilst dodging the so called showers!
The Trees are now heavy with leaf. But there is one that is still bare…. in fact many who pass by mistakenly think that it is dead. But it is in fact a Mulberry Tree (some say Bush) of the famous “Round and Round the Mulberry Bush Rhyme”.
It will probably be another few weeks before it springs back into life, cover itself with leaves and in September produce its Mulberry fruit, which of course is not to be eaten. I will bring you another picture once it decides to turn up for the summer.
There has been a conservation initiative this spring to encourage us 1. Not to mow our lawns as often. 2. Adopt a “No Mow May”. All to encourage more wild flowers and thus help the insects and ultimately the birds.
I have to say it is not going down too well. But take a look at the next picture. The Cricket Pitch has been regularly mown as per usual…. but the meadow surrounds have been left to get on with things….. you can see the difference.
The above images are either in Allestree Park or Darley Park….. the later can most certainly be described as a urban oasis. Surrounded by housing and industry. Darley Mill Complex (a UNESCO Site) at one end and a mini Tower Block at the other.
But still a tranquil green lung to enjoy…
We are indeed lucky and we do know it, of course we still do need to show caution….
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2021