The Living heritage of the River Don

Mission Statement:

Our ambition is to reconnect people, communities and decision makers back to the River Don and its rich natural, cultural, built and industrial heritage.

We want to change their beliefs and attitudes so that the River Don and its heritage will be better valued as a major asset to South Yorkshire and better protected into the future.

We aim to do this by:

Supporting the return of salmon to the River Don by reconnecting isolated river habitats with fish passes on weirs to allow fish to move freely. The outcome will be the return of salmon to Sheffield for the first time in 200 years. Five weirs in the centre of Sheffield will have fish passage solutions – Brightside, Norfolk Bridge, Lady’s Bridge, Kelham Island and Steelbank.

We also have a programme of activities along the river to help us achieve this ambition:

Inspire and mobilise local communities – volunteer work days on the river, guided walks, community discovery events, creation of community groups, does your river need some love and attention?

Develop skills for heritage and capacity – including two apprenticeships, short courses on wildlife identification, river safety, hedge laying, first aid and some licensed equipment training.

To help foster understanding of heritage and change perceptions about the River Don including a long distance trail ‘The Don Valley Way’ from Doncaster to Sheffield with audio trails and improved signage, there will also be geocaching opportunities along the route. Community discovery events and guided walks.

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