The popular Orchid Wood site between Breaston and Wilne has been granted Local Nature Reserve status.

Members of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (7 April) agreed that the area is a valuable open space for the local community and nature conservation.

Orchid Wood is in a rural setting next to Church Wilne Reservoir and close to St Chad’s Water, the River Derwent and several local wildlife sites. It is a popular site with walkers, dog walkers and those who enjoy woodland settings and birdlife.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“Orchid Wood is at the heart of lovely rural and scenic landscapes and is incredibly popular with walkers. We firmly believe the site deserves to be a Local Nature Reserve to give it the protection it deserves.”

The decision, taken at a meeting of Council Executive today, follows a consultation last year with the public and key partners including Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England.

The wood, which is off Sawley Road in Breaston, was formerly a gravel and sand pit which was filled in during 1997-98 and nearly 10,500 trees and shrubs planted. The site takes its name from an orchid glade within the woodland.

It was decided that Council Executive should go ahead today at Ilkeston Town Hall so council business can continue, but with sensible precautions in place. A quorum of three Lead Members were able to meet safely along with the chief executive and one council officer.