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 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.
Several car parks have been provided which accommodate 165 vehicles, with some scope for overflow parking.
Other facilities include children's play area, picnic sites, 6.65km (4.2 miles) of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding, lakes for angling, canoeing and model yachting.
The park can be broadly divided into three main landscape elements: Woodland, Grassland and Water.