As promised, Friends of Bennerley Viaduct Volunteer Workdays are being resumed. Our next work party will take place on Saturday, January 26th 2019 between 10:00 am and 3:00pm. We will be working at the Awsworth end of the viaduct under spans 12 to 16. These spans are heavily overgrown with hawthorn, bramble, bracken and other scrub species. We need to prepare these spans so the new footpath under the viaduct can be extended on to the Nottingham Canal.
The scrub clearing tasks will include:
- Hawthorn removal,
- Scrub removal,
- Tree pruning and cutting back.
- The creation of some habitat piles.
- Removing roots.
- Cutting back bracken.
We will bring protective gloves but if you have your own, please bring them.
If you arrive during the morning or afternoon, we will be working under the far spans so you will have to find us. for as long or as short as you can manage, it will be good to see you. The difference that the volunteers made in 2016 and 2017 was phenomenal and we express our thanks and appreciation to all those who helped make such a difference.
The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 onwards so you can bring your car up to the viaduct. See Map Come for an hour, a morning or the day. It will be brilliant to see you all again.
The workday after that will take place on: Saturday March 2nd
The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct plan to reinstate Saturday work parties to enable the brilliant work which has been put in by friends and volunteers to continue. We hope this will be operational by the end of the year. In the meantime, Sustrans Greener Greenways team will be carrying out some workdays though these take place on weekdays. Details of the workdays are attached. If you want further details of the workdays, please contact the greener greenways team. Bennerley Schedule of works Summer Autumn 2018
A volunteer workday will be taking place on Saturday June 2nd under the first four spans of the viaduct and on the approach road. The day will take place in two distinct halves.
10:00 – 12:00 The first part of the day will be an onsite workshop led by Sustrans Greener Greenways ecologist David Watson. We are keen to ensure that the viaduct surroundings are looked after and the area as ecologically rich as we can make it. People visiting the viaduct will spending time in this area. How best do we make the area welcoming? How do we add interest? Be creative. Your thoughts and ideas are wanted. These ideas can be incorporated into a management plan for the first four spans. (If you do not want to take part in the workshop, then you can work on the actual tasks.
12:00 – 3:30pm The second part of the day will be planting a wildflower mix under spans 1 and 2 and on the approach road. Following the removal of flytipped rubble by AMCO, the ground is bare so it is an ideal time to plant the wildflower mix before the invading species dominate. . We are most grateful to AMCO and to Harworth Estates for supplying the wild flower seed mix.
The work will involve the following tasks:
Some lopping of bramble.
Some removal of larger pieces of rubble
Breaking up the topsoil / ground surface which may be compacted in places
Raking the topsoil / ground surface
Planting wild flower mix.
Tools will be provided but if you have loppers, spades, rakes or a wheelbarrow, bring them along. The barrier will be open from 9:30pm onwards. We look forward to seeing you. The image below shows the seedmix which will be used. It contains 26 native wildflower species designed to attract bees and butterflies. The seed is being kindly provided by AMCO and Harworth Estates.
The workday on Saturday February 3rd has been cancelled due to circumstances which are beyond the control of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct.
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 email@example.com
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.