Bennerley Viaduct Volunteer Workdays. Next Workday, Saturday January 26th

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:

  • Lopping,
  • 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

 

 

 

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The Force is with us.

The sun shone and thousands turned out to the classic car show in Ilkeston. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct had a stall which was busy all day. There was overwhelming support for the project.

The force was clearly with us as notable visitors to our stall was Darth Vader accompanied by  Star Wars stormtroopers. We were even visited by petrolhead Stig who promised to  invest in a pushbike when Bennerley Viaduct reopens.

We heard many fascinating stories about the viaduct. It was empowering to experience the depth of support that this project is receiving from  the local community. Thanks to Jeff for organising the day and to Rich, Colin and Trevor for their sterling work promoting the viaduct.

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