Ar’Baaa’retum belongs in Derby Arboretum!

by The Friends of Derby Arboretum in Derby, England, United Kingdom

Ar’Baaa’retum belongs in Derby Arboretum!
We did it
On 1st September 2021 we successfully raised £1,395 ( + est. £322.50 Gift Aid ) with 29 supporters in 47 days

Following the successful Ram Trail in Derby one of the rams is known as Ar'Baaa'retum and we want to bring it 'home' to the Derby Arboretum.

by The Friends of Derby Arboretum in Derby, England, United Kingdom

Ar’Baaa’retum belongs in Derby Arboretum!

Following a 12-week art trail in Derby city centre throughout the summer, the Friends of Derby Arboretum intends to join the grand finale as Derby Museums auction off all 30 Derby Ram Trail sculptures. All proceeds are to be donated to Derby Museums' Endowment.1626187668_ram_cropped.jpg
This is our opportunity to buy a unique piece of art to be exclusively held in the Derby Arboretum. They will all go under the hammer on Thursday 9th September 2021 with TV auctioneer Charles Hanson from BBC’s Bargain Hunt. The auction will take place at the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.
The reserve for each ram sculpture is expected to start from £3,000, so we have to be prepared for some competitive bidding! 

We therefore need to raise the money to be able to mount a serious bid to bring Ar’Baaa’retum ‘home’.

The bulk of the money has to come from this crowdfunding challenge. You can help the Friends of Derby Arboretum by donating to our ‘Bring Ar’Baaa’retum home’ fund. Any amount you can afford will make the difference.1626187405_composite_1.jpgBut we need more than just the cost at auction. The Friends of Derby Arboretum intends to place the ram onto a moveable frame and park it in the Orangery where it can be kept safe. It can then be viewed through the windows at any time. We can then roll him out onto the park temporarily and under supervision for special occasions. Ar’Baaa’retum is, UNsurprisingly, based on Derby Arboretum! Green spaces are important in a city to find a place to connect to nature and for wildlife to thrive. This design shows some of the features of the Arboretum and also many of the trees, plants and wildlife that can be seen there.

1626186702_composite_2.jpgThe Friends pledge that every penny raised will go towards the auction price and to cover the cost of the frame. Any money left over can then be saved for ongoing maintenance or repairs.
If the Friends are unfortunately outbid, then we also pledge that all money raised will be used to secure a lasting work of art for the Arboretum such as a sculpture or a mural. There's also a need to add many new benches in the style of the existing street furniture. Always bearing in mind the legacy of Joseph Strutt and the Landscape Designer, John Claudius Loudon.

About the Friends group and the Arboretum’s history

The Friends of Derby Arboretum (FDA) is a registered charity no. 1176067. It was reformed in 2017 after the local artists Spiral Arts were awarded a grant by the People’s Lottery to develop a ‘Cultivating Friends’ initiative in the Arboretum and Normanton Areas. Based in Grove Lodge at the Arboretum various groups and local residents met to establish the FDA and it has grown in strength ever since.

We have over 200 members on our database and regularly organise events in the historical park. In Spring is the Mayfest, late Summer is Lark in the Park and in late Autumn the lantern parade known as Luminate. All events are free.

Over recent years the FDA has managed to secure funding to refurbish the old Joseph Strutt Bowls Club building to the Northeast of the Arboretum as a community hub. Initially, immediate repairs were carried out with £25,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s NICE fund. The FDA then managed to get a significant grant from the National Lottery and the Garfield Weston Foundation.  Now renamed Loudon Lodge this will provide a base for FDA meetings, its activities and a place where visitors can seek more information about the park’s history. It is also available for local groups to hire so long as the activity is in keeping with the original intentions of its creators. The Derby Arboretum recently won a Green Heritage Award. 1626187571_boar.jpg

It was in 1840 that the Derby industrialist Joseph Strutt dedicated these 11 acres of land for free use by the public, thus becoming the first public park in Great Britain. He commissioned the well-known Landscape Designer, John Claudius Loudon to design and create the Arboretum bringing in rare species of trees and shrubs. It is now a Grade II listed landscape. The layout of the park is quite unique with the main trees planted on raised banks. The idea being that people walking along its meandering pathways cannot see other users on the other side of the banks. In fact, its design inspired part of Central Park in New York.

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