Six people have expressed an interest in receiving training from Walking for Health. This is a free training opportunity which will enable you to lead walks under the Walking for Health Scheme. The training will be for a full day. We are wanting the Bennerley Viaduct area to be as accessible as possible for all walkers. If you are interested in receiving training, please contact me. Kieran.firstname.lastname@example.org
A workday training event will be held on October 8th. A provisional venue has been booked in Ilkeston but as yet the venue is not confirmed. The event is predominantly a classroom based day but with some outdoor practice. The course is designed to provide the necessary training for those who may want to lead work parties of volunteers at some stage in the future. The session will be led by the Sustrans Volunter Programme Manager, Katie Aartse-Tuyn. There is no charge for the training. This would be ideal for anyone who at some future stage may wish to take charge of the organisation of a workday. For booking or further details, contact Kieran on email@example.com
Celebration at Victoria Park, Ilkeston. Sunday 2nd October 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Sunday October 2nd. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct will have a stand in Victoria Park, Ilkeston. The event is to celebrate the restoration of Victoria park and celebrate its existence as an important green space. If any of the Friends of Bennerley viaduct would like to help on the stall, please let me know.
As part of the Ilkeston and District History Society’s 50th anniversary, Bill Tomson, Sustrans Project Officer will be giving a presentation about the history of Bennerley Viaduct along with the plans to bring it back into use as a walking and cycling trail. The event is free.
Saturday September 17th: Meet at the Bridge Inn, Cotmanhay. at 10:00 am.
The structural assessment of the viaduct will commence on the week commencing Sept 19th. This structural survey is a critical component of the project. The workparty’s main task is ensuring that all the pier bases, piers and underside of the structure can be inspected by the engineers and that the entire length of the underneath of the viaduct is accessible. Most of the piers have now been cleared but the wet summer has resulted in a lot of secondary vegetation regrowing and covering some pier bases that had previously been cleared.. The work will primarily be centred around vegetation removal. If you would like something a bit gentler, the paths around the viaduct will always welcome a bit of litter picking. come for an hour, a morning or a full day. Forget the gym – get some exercise in the fresh air under the viaduct. Tools and gloves provided. All welcome. Contact Kieran for further details.