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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Take a chance and brave the showers and squalls forecast for Saturday
The focus of Saturdays workday will be to maintain all the access to the full length and to ensure all the pier bases remain clear of vegetation. Tasks will including, lopping, pruning back brambles and shrubs, tree stump removal large and small, shifting some of the debris from pier base 4, removing creeping soil and vegetation from the tarmac areas, litter removal, removing some debris from under the viaduct to the main collecting point. New vegetation is growing out of the pierbases so it would make sense to remove that before it gets re-established. We will also be clearing back some vegetation and bindweed which is choking some areas.
If you can make it, there are lots of blackberries around so bring a tub. Starting at 10:00 am. Finishing at 3:00 come for as long or as short as you can make it. The Kelly kettle will be on for you. Tea, coffee and a refreshment afterwards provided.
Meet: Under the viaduct. The barrier off Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 am onwards. Tools and protective gloves provided.
Please Note: The workday which was due to take place on July 1st will be a workday leaders training event to which you are all welcome to attend.
Next Workday, Saturday July 1st. Free Training Event and Planning Walk
Free Training Event: Managing and Helping to Manage Volunteer Workdays.9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Meet under the viaduct.
The training opportunity creates the opportunity for more people to access training to either manage or help to manage volunteer workdays. This will mean that we can run volunteer workdays at regular times throughout the year, The training will include, risk assessment planning, tool usage and maintenance, tips on managing volunteers etc. It may be the case that at the moment you would not want to have the responsibility to run a workday so there would be no obligation or expectation for you to do so. But if you consider that you may want to assist in the running of workdays at some stage in the future, this course may be helpful for you. The training will take place under the viaduct starting at the earlier time of 9:00 am lasting until 1:30 pm. The session will be led by Sustrans Volunteer coordinator, Dan Robertson.
If you are able to attend this training, please e mail Sim Duhra and Dan Robertson to confirm a place as soon as possible. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Walk. 1:30 to 3:00 pm, a walk will take place under the viaduct with Sustrans staff to further discuss ideas for developing the underside of the viaduct. (Plans for Spans) These ideas can then be incorporated into a more detailed management plan which in turn, will help guide the focus of volunteer workdays. If you do not wish to do the training but would like to be included in the planning walk come to the viaduct for 1:30. Again, please let Dan or Sim know whether you can attend.
Meeting Point: under viaduct at the Cotmanhay end. The barrier will be open. Bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing for the day.
PLEASE LET DAN AND SIM KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU CAN ATTEND THESE SESSIONS.
Here are the dates for our upcoming volunteer workdays.
The workdays start at 10:00 and finish about 3:00. There will usually be a range of tasks which vary from workday to workday.
- Wednesday 14th June – A midweek workday will take place to coincide with the visit of the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery, Ros Kerslake. Ros is interested in meeting volunteers and seeing the work that the volunteers have done to date. She will be at the viaduct at some time between 11:30am and 12:30 pm. I realise that many of you will working but the visit will enable us to demonstrate the fantastic amount of work that has been achieved over the last two years. It would be really helpful if you could e mail me email@example.com and let me know whether you can attend the Wednesday event as I need to plan the session and know how many will be attending. Tools provided but bring a spade if you have one.
- Saturday 1st July (See above)
- Saturday 5th August
- Saturday 2nd September
- Saturday 7th October
- Saturday 4th November
- Saturday 2nd December
Meet under the viaduct at 10:00 am. Access from Awsworth Rd / Newtons Lane. The barrier will be open so if travelling by car, you will be able to park at the viaduct.