Our Living Heritage of the River Don project has now been up and running for 12 months and what a year it’s been!
We have three fantastic members of staff who, along with our first apprentice have been busy out and about motivating people and doing a great job of clearing litter from the riverbanks, re-building stiles and fences and generally making the river a more welcoming place to visit. All of our volunteer opportunities are available on our events calendar on our website.
We also connected with young offenders who through a series of workshops painted a stunning mural on a heavily graffitied bridge in Doncaster. Look out for others over the next couple of years.
Our team have also been getting local youngsters interested in their local rivers with our River Guardians project. The kids have been looking at bugs and beasties found in the river as well as the surrounding habitat and we have lots of activities to help them learn and inspire their interest. At local fairs we have been having fun with our giant salmon and weirs game and badge making is always a sure way to interest the kids as we’re talking to the adults!
Our programme of works to install fish passage over 5 weirs in the River Don is now complete and complements a programme of fish passage work undertaken by others on the Don like Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. The works began at the end of July and were completed at the end of December, thanks to good weather conditions.
We have also been working hard on the Don Valley Way, a new walking trail that follows the River Don from Doncaster to Sheffield. It’s 29 miles long and has a series of smaller, circular heritage walks leading off the main trail for those not interested in walking the whole 29 miles! We will be launching the trail and its dedicated website along with the accompanying audiotrails later in 2017.
To entice you further to visit the river Josh, our apprentice has been laying geocaches designed to help our wonderful salmon trackables to navigate the river and back to the sea.
Geocaching is a treasure hunt that enables anyone with a smartphone to take part (more about Geocaching here)
We’re looking forward to another inspiring year with our fantastic team, there’s a lot going on – check out our calendar for events and activities near you and we look forward to seeing you when we’re out and about!