Don Catchment Rivers Trust in association with the Friends of Grassmoor Country Park, have been working up ideas for a Natural Flood Management (NFM) and habitat improvement scheme at Grassmoor Country Park, Chesterfield. Permission to work up the ideas into a final scheme has now been received from Derbyshire County Council, who are a supporting partner in the project and will take on the future management of the NFM features. 

Areas of Grassmoor Country Park already collect water temporarily. The NFM scheme is designed to enhance this ‘slow the flow’ capability.


The aim of the natural flood management scheme is to slow the flow of water running off areas of the park into the Calow Brook during heavy rainfall. Much of our work so far has been to establish the feasibility of the scheme, and to check that there are no historical pollutant problems or coal mining legacies we need to take into account. 

Taking all our research and understanding of how people use the park into account, DCRT have drawn up concept plans for four possible schemes within the park, and ahead of us applying for full planning permission we would like to get input from the local community – particularly from people who use the park regularly. We have a preferred phasing plan (subject to site constraints and funding available) , which is:

Phase 1: The Amphitheatre/Bowl and ‘North Field’
Phase 2: The ‘Main Field’ and ‘East Field 

A concept plan of the potential schemes can be found by clicking on each of the photos below – these are for the purposes of demonstrating the possibilities, and will be refined and worked up into a final design ahead of applying for planning permission. Generally, the works would involve re-landscaping areas into features such as scrapes (shallow depressions), bunds and ponds, to make the most of the topography of the site and its ability to temporarily hold back water so that it drains away into the brook at a slower rate than it currently does. Though these features may look quite stark on the maps, in reality they will for the most part be shallow graded, quite subtle, and blend in to the existing landscape of the park. 

New, raised footpaths will be created where desire lines already exist across re-landscaped areas so that access is maintained and improved. Community planting projects will help increase the diversity of plant life in the park with knock on benefits for wildlife and the visitor experience.   

What we would like feedback on:

  • How you use these areas of the park (e.g. for walking, recreation, etc)
  • Any local knowledge or history of the site that will help us refine our plans
  • If you have any points of concern

Please email your responses to: info@dcrt.org.uk and we will do our best to incorporate feedback into final designs. 

This page is open for feedback until 16/07/2021. 


The Amphitheatre/Bowl

North Field

Main Field

East Field

Overview map of all proposed concepts at Grassmoor

Video: What is Natural Flood Management?

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