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Volunteers help clean-up Bennerley Viaduct

people pose by viaduct

We're working with local groups, organisations and businesses to bring the historic viaduct back into use

9 October 2017

Our project to restore and reopen Bennerley Viaduct has received a further boost thanks to the help of a local firm. Ward Recycling provided a skip free of charge to enable volunteers to begin removing fly-tipped material which has been left underneath the viaduct recently.

We're working with local groups, organisations and businesses to bring the historic viaduct back into use as the centrepiece of the area’s walking and cycling routes. Part of the project involves enhancing the land underneath the viaduct by removing fly-tipped material and creating a diverse range of wildlife habitats.

Volunteers and the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct have been actively supporting our project to transform the underside of the viaduct and creating a much more welcoming environment.

Sustrans Community Officer Kieran Lee said: 

“As the interest in the project grows, visitors from all over the country are coming to see Bennerley Viaduct - which is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the United Kingdom. We welcome the support of Ward Recycling who’ve helped us to make a start in removing fly-tipped material and unwanted debris. We are creating an area allowing a range of events to be held. It would allow families to enjoy picnics and school children to learn about their local environment. It’ll enable visitors to appreciate the wonders of Bennerley Viaduct and the rich heritage of the Erewash Valley.”

James Balfour, Finance director of Ward Recycling commented: 

"Ward Recycling always look to support local ventures and so we were more than happy to supply free waste disposal containers for the clean up on this project. We commend the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct and all the volunteers on their hard work and wish them the best of luck in getting the viaduct reopened.”

If you want to find out more about the project and/or get involved please contact Bill Tomson, Network Development Officer, Railway Paths Limited at [email protected], or 077960 436 2953.