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Poolsbrook Country Park

Poolsbrook Country Park

Poolsbrook Country Park was once the site of the former Ireland Colliery, but has been transformed from dereliction into a tremendous country park and amenities area.

The Park was developed by Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Borough Council on the site of the former Ireland Colliery. This 180 acre park boasts 85 acres of woodland 42 acres of grassland and 23 acres of green water.

The site boasts a Visitor Centre that houses the Ranger base, public toilets, community meeting rooms, a base for the Walk This Way Project and a Community Cafe. Also in the park are a Children's Adventure Play area, picnic sites, sledging slopes, four miles of trails of cycling, horse riding and walking, an outdoor events arena and lakes for angling.

The park has become important for wildlife and has been designed to encourage wildlife diversity. Ornithologists are particularly pleased at the impressive range of birds attracted. These include Great Crested Grebe, Cormorants, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Pink Footed Geese, Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails and even a Red Throated Pipit and Siberian Chiffchaffs have been spotted.

Unfortunately the park proved attractive to groups of people wishing to camp there illegally but measures were taken to prevent this and enable the park to be enjoyed by an increasing number of users. More is planned including CCTV and better lighting, signage.

The Community Cafe has been up and running since July 2006 at the Park.

A proposed sculpture in the park was the Solar Pyramid. It was to be a 45 metre tall sundial and would have been the world's largest artwork. Over twice as tall as the Angel of the North and visible from the M1 motorway to thousands of travellers every day. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, the project was cancelled.

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