Inside Derby's beautiful new award winning Electric Daisy garden which is ready for live music

Derby's new public garden wins special award just months after opening
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Derby’s newest public garden has won an award, just a few months after opening.

Down To Earth Derby – the company behind the creation of the “Electric Daisy” garden space at Bold Lane – has been recognised for its efforts in creating the nature-based city centre space.

Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24. Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.
Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.

The company has won the Creators and Makers Award at an annual East Midlands Chamber awards ceremony. The Generation Next award recognises the rising stars and innovative thinkers within the region’s creative industry, who have made a positive contribution to their business.

The nature-based garden, which features a wide range of plants, seating areas and space for guest talks and live music, opened to the public for the first time in June. It is located at the site of the former Prince’s supermarket used to stand.

Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24. Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.
Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.

Down To Earth Derby have been working with close partners throughout the project including Derby City Council, which has been a big supporter of the project as it aims to provide more green spaces around the city centre in the future.

Founder of Down To Earth Derby, Jamie Quince-Starkey said: “It is amazing to be recognised. Thank you to those who nominated us for this award. It is absolutely massive.

Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24. Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.
Derby's new Electric Daisy public garden opened on Saturday, June 24.

“It shows that people believe in the work that we are doing. The community of Derby have believed in us all the way through this journey and helped us keep the energy going. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved. The award is for all of you, not just for us. This is just the beginning.”

Jamie Quince-Starkey, founder of Down To Earth Derby who are creating a new public garden for the city.Jamie Quince-Starkey, founder of Down To Earth Derby who are creating a new public garden for the city.
Jamie Quince-Starkey, founder of Down To Earth Derby who are creating a new public garden for the city.

Around 1,000 people attended the new public garden in its first weekend of opening earlier this year. It was said that the public space is just the thing that the city needs to increase footfall. The space is also used to host gardening and environmental sessions.

Helping Down To Earth Derby set up the space included the team behind the £100 million Eden Project – home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest in Cornwall. The area has become a well-known nature tourism location with its large greenhouse-like structures.

Events at the Bold Lane garden are taking place throughout the rest of the year including a family Halloween party on Saturday, October 28, starting at 10am, which will include a witchcraft workshop.