Volunteers start work on Bennerley Viaduct again as lockdown restrictions lift

Volunteers are set to start sweeping and tidying at the iconic Awsworth landmark again tomorrow after a long break due to the pandemic.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 9:57 am
Volunteers at the viaduct.

Following a successful bid to Severn Trent for its ‘Access to Nature’ programme, the first volunteer workday will go ahead tomorrow (Friday, May 21) between 9.30am and 1pm.

Tasks will include sweeping and clearing broken glass from the footpaths and hardstanding areas, cutting back creeping verges and brambles, removing vegetation and debris from pier bases, relocating woodchip and spreading on muddy path areas, removing invasive hawthorn, cutting back vegetation to protect the iron piers and collecting and removing litter and other debris left on site.

Kieran Lee, of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, said: “It will be good to get outside again in the fresh air and bring about positive changes under the viaduct.”

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct will also be hosting a pop-up shop this Saturday (May 22), from 10am until 1pm at Castledine House, Heanor Road, Ilkeston.

Visitors are advised to enter through the car park on Back Lane opposite Aldi car park on Manor Road.

Volunteers will be selling a full range of Bennerley Viaduct gifts, including tea towels, tote bags, coasters, mugs, key rings, car stickers and fridge magnets.

Erewash Valley Honey – made by the Bennerley bees – will also be on offer, along with various bric-a-brac.