8th February 2018
Press release from the Don Catchment Rivers Trust
The Don Catchment Rivers Trust is developing a project that will benefit the natural and historic heritage associated with the rivers of the Upper Rother Catchment in North East Derbyshire.
The project, which is called ‘Hidden Heritage Secret Streams’, is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funded by the Environment Agency. It is expected that the project will be made up of several elements. One is the restoration of a 700m stretch of the River Rother that was straightened in the 1960s during a time when its water was too polluted to support life. The river will be put back into its original meandering channel, restoring the wide range of habitats required to sustain a wildlife rich river.
Other elements of the project will involve local communities. The Trust will work with volunteers to dig ponds and plant trees to trap sediment and pollution, clear up rubbish and ‘balsam bash’ (eradicate Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant species). A history project will document forgotten watermills, which were a critical source of power during the early industrial revolution. There will also be a programme of events such as guided walks, training and river dipping.
Speaking about the community consultation, Rachel Walker DCRT’s Project Manager said “Whilst we have a good idea of what needs doing to improve the river, we want to make sure the project is relevant for communities and includes the types of activities and opportunities people will want to participate in”.
People wishing to contribute should fill in the consultation questionnaire which can be found by clicking here or by emailing email@example.com. As a thank you for filling out the questionnaire, people can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two boat trips for up to 5 people. This will take place along the Chesterfield Canal with the Chesterfield Canal Trust, aboard John Varley from the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, Chesterfield.
The Moss Brook