Botany Bay, Derbyshire
"The small hamlet"
Unlike the nearby town of Melbourne, Botany Bay does not appear to have a common source with its better known Australian namesake. While Botany Bay in New South Wales was named for the quantity of botanical specimens found there, the history of the naming of the Derbyshire hamlet is unclear. The name is also attached to a farm and a small lake in the area.
Despite the maritime reference in the hamlet’s name, the Ordnance Survey have calculated that a point near Botany Bay, at Coton in the Elms, is the furthest point from the English coastline. The low water line at Fosdyke, on the edge of The Wash in Lincolnshire, is around 70 miles (113 kilometres) away.
Penguin Books together with the Woodland Trust purchased a 96-acre (390,000 m2) woodland near the hamlet in January 2007. The initiative was designed to expand the nearby National Forest and regenerate the historical wildflower and woodland environment in the area.
- Walking through woods - a walk in South Derbyshire, Derby Ramblers Association
- The farm furthest from the sea BBC News, 23 July 2003
- Putting Paperback - Penguin funds creation of 96 acre wildflower woodland Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Woodland Trust press release, 12 January 2007
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