Not all residents know how great the River Don is, what it used to look like or how much it has shaped local history and industry. Our aim is to extend the Don Valley Way so that local people can take advantage of a beautiful blue green space that extends into the city centre. We will use interpretation boards to tell the story of local history and the nature that has returned to the river. How the changes we have made to our river have transformed how it behaves. We want to celebrate the ancient landscape, the first communities of Doncaster, viking settlers, Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden's re-routing of the Don, the industrial revolution, Doncaster Plant Works (home of the Flying Scotsman) and local campaigners such as Tiny Sylvester. Your money will help us celebrate Doncaster and the River Don, allowing the its story to be told for generations to come. We are talking to experts and local people to tell accurate stories. Help us achieve us this and celebrate our river city!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our project will encourage people to get out into blue green spaces and learn about the fantastic heritage on their doorstep. We will tell the story of the transformation of the Don and help people understand that these changes have an impact on the river, how it works and how it effects the communities that live near the River Don today. We will give people hope for the future by telling the story of how the river is recovering and what the Don Catchment Rivers Trust are doing to help this. Interpretation will be installed in places near the river or canal meaning allowing them to connect to nature and spend time outside, enhancing their physical and mental wellbeing. The signage will link to what will be the extended Don Valley Way, providing the opportunity to create a walking trail, promoting exercise.
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About the space
Lower River Don Corridor
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council