Rating: 7,8/10 (1005 votes)Derby Arboretum - a public arboretum, the first landscaped city park of culture and recreation, located in the city of Derby, in the Rose Hill area. The arboretum has been abandoned for a while, but has recently undergone extensive renovation and restoration work funded by a grant from the National Lottery. The Derb Arboretum is listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest in the UK. The arboretum appeared in the city thanks to the activities of the former mayor and great philanthropist Joseph Stratt, and was donated to the city in 1840. Over time, the arboretum has been filled with various statues, monuments, buildings and decorations. One of the most famous monuments is the Florentine boar statue, placed here in 1806, when the territory of the arboretum was still owned by Joseph Stratt. Several stories are associated with this statue: Joseph Stratt, once visiting the New Market in Florence, saw a bronze statue of a boar there, which attracted his attention. He commissioned the Royal Crown Derby sculptor William John Coffee to make a clay copy. The sculptor fulfilled the order, the statue has been placed in the arboretum since its inception. The boar was badly damaged (decapitated) during the German bombing during the Second World War. The monument was restored, but there were several more cases of"decapitation" of a wild boar, for example, in 2002, a child did it while climbing a statue. Today, a bronze statue of a wild boar, installed in 2005, appears before the eyes of visitors to the arboretum.
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