Tuesday, 13 November 2018

WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY VISIT

Excellent visit to BDR Waste Treatment Facility, Bolton Road, Manvers, Rotherham, today.  

The plant deals with 250,000 tonnes of household rubbish a year from Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham.  It recycles about 15% of this (after most of the reclyclable material has already been collected in our blue bins) and produces electricity on site to power the plant.  It also send lorry-loads of material to Ferrybridge to produce more electricity for the national grid.


Organised by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust, a dozen visitors were given a very informative presentation of how this company came to be chosen, the plant's construction and the processes involved  in its working.  We were then kitted out with hi-vis jackets, boots, gloves, safety glasses and helmets before touring the site.



Saturday, 6 October 2018

THE DON GORGE CALENDAR 2019





Our Calendar is now available for the price of £6


Contact Liz Reeve at
Telephone: 01302 313030

Get the reduced price of £5 if ordered or purchased
before 31 October 2018

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

WARMSWORTH GALA & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Had a lovely day on 14 July when we joined with Warmsworth's Environment Group and the Don Catchment River Trust to advertise our work. 


Visitors were welcomed to our stand to see what's happening in the Gorge, including Caroline Flint MP and her husband, Phil Cole.


The theme for the day was the 1940s and a few people dressed for the part, including Rachel Walker of Don Catchment River Trust, who won first prize.  Well done to her.

      



Tuesday 17 July saw a joint volunteer day with friends from the Canal & Rivers Trust and Don Catchment River Trust when some Balsam bashing was done and work on the walling project continued.  The weather has been very good to us over the past few weeks so progress is going well, but it also means weeds are growing apace and need to be controlled.  Perhaps another day should be arranged when Friends can join in the 'fun' and all frustrations can be taken out on the Balsam.  A War on Weeds has been declared on all invasive species, particularly Japanese Knotweed, by the Environment Agency  and the River Stewardship Company of Sheffield who will be carrying out eradication work along the Don this year.    There is only a little Japanese Knotweed near the fish pass, but there is a patch on private land at Lower Sprotborough that needs attention from the farmer.  This work is very expensive to carry out, but needs to be dealt with, as it spreads very easily and can then become a nightmare.  


A surprise visitor to the volunteer day was Paul Adam, author and film-maker, who is trying his hand at documentary making.  I and others were asked to take part and I was interviewed about our group, our aims and the work we do.  His film of the River Don, showing how the water quality and wildlife has improved and increased over the last 30 years or so, will be shown next year at Sheffield DocFest and we hope to be given advanced notice so that we can arrange to go and see it. 

We are now looking forward to The Don Discovery Day on Saturday next, 21 July, and hope to see lots of you there.










Thursday, 12 July 2018

DON GORGE DAY

SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018

DON'T FORGET THIS DATE

WHEN THE DON GORGE IS HOSTING AN EVENT

FOR ALL THE FAMILY


COME AND ENJOY EVERYTHING ON THE POSTER

AS WELL AS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT AN

OPEN GARDEN

AT 4 LOWER SPROTBOROUGH
(behind the Boat Inn)



Wednesday, 4 April 2018

CANCELLATION

Don Gorge Clean-Up Day, Saturday 7 April 2018

Please note that this event has been cancelled once again due to recent flooding.  A new date will be arranged when conditions improve.



Sunday, 22 October 2017

THE DON GORGE CALENDAR 2018


COMING SOON


THE DON GORGE CALENDAR 2018


PRE-ORDER YOUR CALENDAR(S) NOW AT THE REDUCE PRICE OF

£4.50

AS, IF NOT PRE-ORDERED, IT WILL COST 

£5


IT CONTAINS 13 LOVELY PHOTOGRAPHS  WHICH SHOW OFF 

THE DON GORGE AT ITS SEASONAL BEST

AS WELL AS THE DATES OF OUR CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER SESSIONS.


An envelope is also provided so that it can be posted to friends or relatives.


The deadline for pre-ordering is Tuesday 31 October 2017

Please email


before that date to obtain the reduced price.


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RIVER DON FROM FOR SOURCE TO SEA


If you are looking for a Christmas gift which represents the area, 
this full colour photographic record might be just the thing you're looking for.

Available from Liz at the reduced price of £10.

Orders can be taken via the above email.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift which represents the area, 
this full colour photographic record might be just the thing you're looking for.

Available from Liz at the reduced price of £10.

Orders can be taken via the above email.


Monday, 25 September 2017

OTTER SIGHTING

22 September 2107
An otter was reporting as being seen at the landing stage at Lower Sprotborough this morning.  It apparently climbed onto the Sapphire (narrow boat) and then swam away.

Liz