Three down, two to go!

Bailey Construction have completed the first of the Larinier fish passes which is located at Steelbank weir.


The baffles in the bottom flight of the pass
The view from the top of the pass with the resting pool at the bottom

The baffles on the inside of the pass are what makes this a ‘Larinier’ pass, named after the man who invented them.  The baffles disrupt the flow of water, making it easier for the fish to ascend the pass.  There is a  resting pool in between the two flights which is to allow the fish to rest before attempting to ascend the second flight.

They have also completed the second easement which is located at Kelham Island, just off Ball Street bridge

Ball St bridge with the easement

The easement is formed of concrete which is set in to the face of the weir.  A notch is cut in the crest of the weir to allow the water to flow down the easement



Work is still progressing at Brightside weir with the base being poured and the walls being poured this week.

Upper flight at Brightside

14 tyres, 9 traffic cones, 3 trolleys …

On Saturday 15th September 2016 Don Catchment Rivers Trust led their latest volunteer clean-up day by Chapel on the Bridge, Rotherham.

Chapel of our Lady on the Bridge, Rotherham.

The Trust noticed an accumulation of rubbish in the river when out and about planning the route for the Don Valley Way trail. There aren’t many areas in Rotherham town centre that the river is both visible and accessible, so we were keen to do a volunteer clean –up here.

The accumulation of tyres waiting to be pulled out

Part of setting up a clean-up event is to find out who owns the stretch of river, who has responsibility for it, and also talk to any local groups in the area with an interest. On this occasion we were fortunate that Chapel on the Bridge has a dedicated ‘Friends of’ group that had been looking to get the stretch of river cleaned up for a while. Sometimes rubbish in the river is no-one in particulars responsibility, and this is where the ‘Living Heritage of the River Don’ project is often able to help and make a positive impact on a local area.

So, we organised our volunteer clean-up day to coincide with a Friends of the Chapel open day, and they very kindly kept us fuelled with tea and parkin!

Tea and parkin time!

The team pulled out 14 car tyres, 9 traffic cones, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 crowd barriers, a microwave, and a suitcase as well as half a dozen bags of litter from the banks. Rotherham Council agreed to pick up the rubbish on their route, so we took it all up to the street. It was really interesting to see people’s reaction to seeing it all – some people took photos, some people said ‘thank you’, some people expressed their anger at the rubbish. And someone threw a half eaten bag of chips into the river!

Several shopping trolleys were dragged out of the river.
The haul of rubbish and litter from the 50m section of the Don

As usual we would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers that came to help. Also thank you to the volunteers at Chapel on the Bridge for being so welcoming, and to Rotherham Council for taking the rubbish away for us

If you would like to volunteer at the next clean-up day please do get in touch with the Trust on or phone 01302 796173.

Lady’s Bridge



As mentioned on our last blog, the work at Lady’s Bridge weir to install an easement to allow the movement of fish in the River Don is now completed thanks to funding from Biffa Award, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.

Here are a few things you may or may not know about Lady’s Bridge:

Richard Hawley has written a song called Lady’s Bridge and called his fifth album the same

Take me with you when you go
Lady’s bridge is where we know
Now that our lives turned out so bad
We lost the dreams we once had
We can watch the river flow
And maybe make this city slow

Written by Richard Willis Hawley • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lady’s Bridge is the oldest bridge across the River Don in Sheffield

The first references to the weir and the wheel are in 1581.

By 1895 the wheel was obsolete but the weir remains.

It has been a Grade II listed structure since 1973

Find out more here