Vounteers’ week!

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It’s volunteers’ week and the team at Don Catchment Rivers Trust would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our spectacular volunteers that make our trust’s work a real pleasure.

To celebrate this year’s volunteers’ week we are delighted to release this fantastic video (click here!) of our volunteers in action cleaning up the River Don, produced by The Rivers Trust and starring Rowena Mellows, who has been volunteering with the trust for a whopping 15 months. Read about her experience volunteering HERE.

This year so far our volunteers have already filled over 1000 bags of litter from the catchment’s riversides and waterways. 18 tyres, 11 trolleys and many more traffic cones, bikes and chairs have been removed from the river itself. All this hard work, in all weathers, has helped to clean up the river and improved water flow and quality. The team have removed fly tipping, reported incidents of pollution and been helping make the river Don a safer place to be.

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Our volunteers have also been out on the Moss Valley on practical conservation days to restore its biodiversity and heritage value. Volunteers have been making improvements to the river’s flow for fish, restoring wetland areas and planting marginal species of plants in an old mill dam.

Another huge thank you to our education volunteers this year for dedicating their time to helping deliver our River Guardians and Mayfly in the Classroom sessions to schools and scout groups in the catchment. We couldn’t do it without you!