Catchment Volunteering on the Hidden Heritage and Secret Streams Project

Since April we have been running volunteer days across the Rother catchment, including the river Rother and Holme Brook. Most of these days are focused on river clean ups around Chesterfield, to improve the area for wildlife and the local community. We have also been working on tackling Himalayan Balsam throughout the summer focusing in the Moss Valley (read more about it by clicking here).

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Our volunteers working to remove large items from the Hipper behind Ravenside Retail park.

So far this year we have ran 31 clean up days across Chesterfield involving 75 volunteers from varying walks of life whom would never have met if it wasn’t for volunteering. We have collected roughly 519 bin bags of litter so far and 20 shopping trolleys which will have made a huge difference to the wildlife across Chesterfield and improved how our rivers flow. We really enjoy our volunteer days as we like to get out and see the nature along the rivers we help. Throughout the year we have seen trout, damselflies and lots of different wildflowers. Also we enjoy all of the interesting items that we find in the River such as a tankard, a wheel that looks like part of an old mill and an old fire extinguisher.

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An old fire extinguisher found in the River Hipper in Queens Park

If you are interested in volunteering with us then email volunteer@dcrt.org.uk or download the volunteering for off the volunteering page of our website, fill it in and bring it to one of our volunteer days.

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Volunteers in the Holme Brook where it meets the Rother.

By Apprentice Anthony CoxHHSS_Master logo_RGB