Forthcoming Volunteer Workdays 2018

Volunteer Workdays take place on a monthly basis and can involve a range of tasks concerned with the practical management of the viaduct environment.  The proposed dates for Volunteer workdays for the first half of this year will be:

Saturday February 3rd:  10:00am start

Saturday March 3rd:  10:00am start

saturday April 7th:  10:00am start

Saturday May 12th:  10:00am start

Saturday June 2nd:  10:00am start

We meet underneath the viaduct. Access from Newtons Lane. The barrier on the track leading to the viaduct will be open at 9:30 am.

Details of the activities to be undertaken will be published on this site on the week prior to the workday. The environmental management of the site will be guided by the Sustrans ecologists and engineers. tasks undertaken could include: vegetation management and removal, habitat creation, clearing pier bases, litter clearance etc.

Tools are provided. If you are attending a workday, could you let Kieran Lee know so he can ensure that there are adequate tools to enable people to do the jobs required. Contact


Meetings. Dates and Times 2018

Our open meetings are held in The Gate Inn, Awsworth which is a fantastic community pub. The meetings currently take place once every two months. We welcome all those who are members of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct Group and we also welcome any member of the community who is interested in the Bennerley Viaduct Project.


The meetings will take place at the Gate Inn Awsworth on:

Monday February 12th 2018  7:00 pm start

Monday April 16th 2018   7:00pm start  (Annual General Meeting)

Monday June 18th 2018    7:00pm start

If you want any further details about meetings or if you want an item included on the agenda. please contact Kieran Lee.

Meeting Dates and Times 2018

Full Meetings of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct currently take place once every two months. Anyone who is is interested in the future of the viaduct is welcome to attend and participate. The next meetings will take place on:

Monday February 12th The Gate Inn Awsworth 7:00 pm

Monday April 16th (AGM) The Gate Inn, Awsworth. 7:00 pm

Monday 18th June The Gate Inn, Awsworth  7:00 pm.


All welcome. If you want any item to be included on the agenda, please contact Kieran Lee. me.

Volunteer Workday. Saturday December 2nd 2017

The workday this Saturday Dec 2nd will go ahead as planned.  There will be no contractors on the site.

The focus of the work this Saturday will be:

  • Removing soil and debris from pier base 1. (Strenuous)
  • Removing bricks from pier 1 to pier 5 by wheelbarrow (strenuous)
  • Cutting back hawthorn and other invasive vegetation under the Nottinghamshire spans.
  • Collecting all cut materials and creating habitat piles.
  • If you have tools and equipment, bring loppers, gloves, slashers.
  • We can also provide tools and gloves.
  • Tea and coffee provided but bring your own packed lunch.

Newtons lane Barrier open at 9:30 for a 10:00am start. Finish at 3:00pm Come for as long or as short as you like.



Workday Arrangements. Oct 7th 2017

We are having another volunteer workday this Saturday Oct 7th again working between spans 1 and 3. A huge amount of work has been done between these spans and one more session will be enough to remove all the vegetation from the piles of rubble so we can get some machinery in to remove the major stumps and piles of rubble. A medium sized skip has been delivered  so we can make a start on removing some of the rubble.

The tasks for Saturday will include:

Litter picking:                                                           Light work

Cutting back brambles and scrub vegetation    Medium work

Exposing road from advancing vegetation       Medium to heavy

Filling skip with rubble                                         Medium to heavy

Breaking up mounds of solidified tarmac        Heavy

Removing bramble roots                                     Medium

Stump removal                                                      Heavy

Tea person (keeping Kelly kettle boiled)         Light.


The workday will start at 10:00 am and go on until approx. 3:00 pm. Come for as long or as short as you want. We will be meeting under the viaduct. Access from Newtons Lane. The barrier will be open from 9:30 am onwards. The track to the viaduct us situated between the River Erewash and the new railway bridge on Newtons Lane. The priority tasksfor the day is to fully fill the skip and to remove vegetation from the mounds so we can see exactly what and how much we have to shift.


Volunteer Workday: Saturday 2-9-17

The focus this Saturday will be to continue the work in spans 1 to three. This area will eventually become an events area where we can have open day events, theatre groups performances and arts events. It is currently overgrown with much unwanted vegetation which covers a lot of tipped material. We want to prepare the area for a skip or two to remove all the unwanted materials and rubble.

The tasks will include:

  • Lopping of vegetation, brambles, bindweed etc. (Moderate)
  • Litter picking on and around the viaduct. (Gentle)
  • Pruning back vegetation on approach road. (Gentle)
  • Recovering the road from encroaching vegetation (Moderate)
  • Stump and bramble root removal. ( V Strenuous)
  • Removal of old mesh fencing and posts. (Moderate)

Times:  Meet under the viaduct at 10:00 am. The barrier from Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 onwards. The workday  will finish around 3:00 pm. Come for as long or as short as you want.

Equipment: Tools will be provided. Gloves will be provided but if you have your own, please bring them.  I would also suggest sturdy footwear.

Weather: The forecast is for good weather so if you burn easily, take all the necessary precautions. Tea, water and biscuits will be provided followed by refreshments in the Dewdrop afterwards.