Workday – 27th January 2016

All welcome, please read the following information.

Bennerley Viaduct Workday – Wednesday 27 January – please let me know if you’ll be coming or not

We’ll be working underneath the viaduct. Instructions as follows:


10a.m. meet in the car park of the Bridge Inn, Cotmanhay . The postcode is DE7 8RD.

If arriving after 10:15 please meet us where we will be working UNDERNEATH the Viaduct. Directions as follows:

from the pub cross the bridge over the canal and walk south along the towpath for approximately 200m.Turn east on the public footpath through the woodland (I’ll put a Sustrans flag here so you know where to turn). After 60m you will reach a footbridge crossing the railway, cross this and follow the footpath for approx. another 100m to reach the underneath of the viaduct.

What you need to bring:

  • Sturdy footwear – the ground is likely to be wet in places so you might want to bring wellies
  • Appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather
  • Appropriate clothing for the tasks – see below
  • Packed lunch and drink
  • A Hi Vis vest if you have one (can be supplied if required)
  • Emergency contact information (you will be asked to supply this on the day)
  • What tasks you’ll be able to get involved in:
  • Cutting back of vegetation growing underneath the viaduct
  • Cutting up the vegetation and creating habitat piles 
  • Removal of rubbish, litter and debris
  • Clearing vegetation and debris from the pier bases
  • The reason for doing this vegetation management is to provide clear areas around the pier bases of the viaduct to make it easier for inspections, repairs and maintenance. It is also to diversify the habitat underneath the viaduct.

Potential hazards you should be aware of:

  • Rough ground covered in vegetation hiding potential trip hazards
  • Thorny plants – make sure arms and legs are covered
  • Debris on site including sharp materials
  • The possibility of syringes and needles on site
  • The tools we’ll be using for cutting vegetation are sharp!
  • There is a river nearby the work area
  • handling of potentially heavy and awkward items

Hope this doesn’t put you off!

The work does involve a fair amount of physical work but we will ensure that appropriate tasks are allocated to individuals and that people get the chance to rotate during the day. We’ll bring appropriate tools for the jobs involved but if you have well maintained tools such as loppers, secateurs, pruning saws or bow saws that you prefer to use, please bring them. We’ll bring gloves and eye protection, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. 

Depending on the weather we will aim to finish by 3pm.

Contacts on the day

Kieran Lee – 07823 536941

Dan Robertson – 07584 205782


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