Derbyshire’s Lower Derwent Valley has some of the most important historic weirs on the planet – now local people are being asked to help keep them safe for future generations.
DerwentWISE are looking for volunteers to be ‘Weir Watchers’ to help with monitoring and inspecting the weirs and watercourses. The weirs are part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, in which the world’s first modern factories used water power for large scale production.
Some of those weirs have been damaged over time, and a new project is being launched to keep a close eye on the structures until funding can be raised to restore them. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, or who wish to learn more about the project are invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday 13th September 2016 in Room 16 at Strutt’s Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper, DE56 1UU between 5.30 pm and 8pm.
The DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership, managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, aims to inspire people to learn about and take care of the landscape of the Lower Derwent Valley, which includes the World Heritage Site and is enabled by £2.5 million of funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As one of 60 projects, DerwentWISE has appointed specialist hydraulic engineering consultancy JBA Consulting to undertake a condition survey and structural assessment of the Rock Weir below Belper Bridge, and the Foundry Weir at Milford. The work will be carried out between September and November 2016.
JBA Consulting will provide training to the volunteers to enable them to monitor and assess the condition and ‘health status’ of all the structures within the watercourses of the Derwent Valley.