September 2020
September is here and we've got  a bumper newsletter of announcements for you. We're pleased to be taking part in three brilliant festivals this month; Heritage Open Days, Festival of the Mind and Chesterfield's Well dressing festival, so there is plenty for you to see and do along the river!

We've developed two wonderful self-guided river tours for you to try or why not visit Sheffield's Salmon of Steel sculpture (made out of hundreds of old spoons!) or our community-created River Rother well dressing...

Last but not least, we are delighted to announce that our apprentice Anthony has completed his apprenticeship and begun his role as Project Assistant with DCRT.

See you in October! TEAM DCRT
 NEW self guided river tours
We love running historical tours and guided walks along the river, but sadly with the pandemic limiting social meetings between households, this year we decided to offer something a little different.

Instead we've developed two self-guided walks which can be accessed from your mobile devices: read on to find out about the 'Salmon of Steel' trail and the 'Rivers of Life' tour.

The Salmon of Steel 
We are super excited to announce that this year we are taking part in Sheffield University's Festival of the Mind. We've been working closely with Dr Deborah Dawson at the university, and her laboratory team, who have been looking for invisible signs of salmon in the river Don... salmon DNA (click here to read more about this process) to help us monitor where the salmon are in the river. 

To celebrate this work together a Salmon of Steel sculpture has been commissioned for the festival, created by local Scrap Metal artist Jason Heppenstall. The sculpture can be found at Sheffield Railway Station from the 17th of September. Look closely at the Salmon of Steel and you will find it's made out of recycled steel - including hundreds or spoons, spanners and old lamp fittings!

We've also been working with illustrator Sophie Carter (you may remember her drawings from our Voices of the Don book). She's illustrated a beautiful self-guided trail along the river Don, from Kelham Island to the Railway Station. As you follow the map, go through a journey through the time, imagining how the river has changed and exploring stories of castles, elephants, salmon and cemeteries along the way. The map has been created to use from your mobile device but some limited paper copies are available. Accompanying the map is a new podcast to listen too as you follow the tour. We want to express a huge thanks to all our partners that contributed to the podcast!
The tour and audio will be available to download
from the 17th September.
 The Rivers of Life tour 
As part of this year’s Heritage Open Day’s DCRT have teamed up with Spital Cemetery for ‘Rivers of Life’ – a self-guided riverside trail exploring the hidden natural and industrial heritage of Chesterfield.

Follow the trail along the river Hipper and discover how the people of Chesterfield used the power of rivers to fuel industry and expand trade, allowing Chesterfield to grow into an industrious and bustling market town.  Continue the trail into Spital Cemetery and find the final resting place of the families that traded alongside the river during the industrial revolution. Find and identify the symbolic flowers, plants and trees carved into Victorian gravestones, and interpret their hidden meanings...

You can download the tour here.
Heritage Open Days is from the 11th - 20th September.
Chesterfield Well Dressing Festival
Our community well dressing will be displayed at Tapton Lock Activity Centre 12th-18th September. Don't miss your chance to see it!
Find out more about well dressings here.
Wildlife Book Club - the reviews!

“I’d never read a nature book like this before”
“It really opened up a whole new world of literature for me”

The 2020 Lockdown put much of our work at DCRT on hold. To keep us all safe, volunteer days and community events were struck off the calendar, to be replaced with a range of online activities. For those unable to leave their homes, the team wanted to help people stay connected to nature and we started the Wildlife Lockdown Bookclub. Our club of twelve readers got together each month to read and discuss four different wildlife-themed books: Here’s a summary of what we thought of them... READ MORE
Congratulations Anthony!!!!
We are delighted to announce that DCRT apprentice Anthony Cox has finished his second apprenticeship at the trust. Anthony has studied and worked at the trust for 3 years, and will now be starting a part-time role as Project Assistant. Well done Anthony!!!
You can read more about Anthony's experience

Want to work in conservation?
Next academic year we will be offering two work experience placements to 16-18 year-olds in Chesterfield. Interested students can get in touch at
Be a plastic-free champion
Our Catchment Officer Matt Duffy gave an online talk to Plastic Free Chesterfield about our trust's work and why plastic can be so bad for rivers! Missed it? You can catch up here or why not follow Plastic Free Chesterfield and find out how to give up single-use plastic for good!
River Guardian Activity Packs
We've sent an additional 350 children's activity packs out to foodbanks across the Don Catchment. Our volunteer Jase is featured here packing one up.
Natural Flood Management (NFM) Opportunity Maps
Multiple documents are now available on the iCASP website that describe the project they did with us to help identify priority areas within the catchment for NFM interventions like woodland planting, leaky dam installation and creation of attenuation ponds. A detailed methodology report is included that should allow other organisations to recreate the opportunity maps for their own project areas. You can download the reports and example case studies here.
DCRT NEWS: What’s To Be Don at Brightside?
Working in rivers that have heritage structures with a complex history of ownership and usage can be a challenge. We love it, but we do get some interesting problems sometimes! This has recently come to the fore when we noticed a partial weir collapse at Brightside in Sheffield.... READ MORE
Help us to record river widlife
Autumn  river survey dates to be announced soon!
Join the team to survey the River Rother for Freshwater Invertebrates and contribute to real science. Learn how to identify different invertebrate groups with guidance from lead volunteer and expert Paul Hancock.

Interested in taking part? Email to register your interest.
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