Upper Don Trail Trust

There’s an opportunity to join the Upper Don Trail Trust team

There’s an opportunity to join the Upper Don Trail Trust team

Would you like to get more involved in the work of the Upper Don Trail Trust?

We’ve achieved a huge amount since we relaunched in 2019. Construction or other improvements are underway at many places along the planned route.

Now, at this exciting time, we have a vacancy for the Secretary to the Trust.

It’s a chance to work with our lively, friendly and active committee drawn from many walks of life.

You’ll arrange and record our regular meetings with the Chair. You’ll also be a first port of call for correspondence and member enquiries.

But there is scope to develop the role depending on your own interests and skills.

You don’t need lots of previous experience in an administrative role – lots of energy and enthusiasm is far more important to us!

It’s an opportunity to make a real difference to the beautiful Don riverside stretching all the way from Sheffield city centre to the Peak District national park.

Meetings are monthly, currently using Zoom. The Trust is a registered charity with Charitable Incorporated Organisation status.

Please feel free to contact our Chair if you are interested in this voluntary role and would like to find out more.

You can contact Simon Ogden for an informal chat by emailing simonogden43@gmail.com

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Volunteers clean up River Don grot spot on Club Mill Road

Volunteers clean up River Don grot spot on Club Mill Road

Community volunteers have blitzed part of the Upper Don Trail that was blighted by fly-tipping and litter.

Around 25 people gave up their time to clean up the riverside along Club Mill Road at Neepsend.

They recovered a huge pile of litter and fly-tipped rubbish between Hillfoot bridge and the Old Park silver mill.

Their haul included three settees, a mattress, parts of several cars, carpets and bags of clothes.

Joanne Lee, of Loxley and Wisewood Litter Pickers, organised the clean-up on Saturday June 12th.

The Loxley and Wisewood group turned out in force. They were joined by volunteers from other Sheffield litter picker groups.

The Blue Loop Troop and members of the Upper Don Trail Trust also turned out to help transform the grot spot.

Arthurs Skips from nearby Neepsend Lane provided a sponsored skip and Amey collected bags of litter.

‘Beautiful but forgotten part of the river’

Simon Ogden, chair of the Upper Don Trail Trust, said numerous walkers and cyclists welcomed the clean-up as they passed by.

“Hopefully this marks the start of more long term steps toward restoring and opening up this beautiful but rather forgotten and much abused part of the river,” said Simon.

Joanne Lee said it was a great few hours work that made a real impact.

“The people I spoke to said it was a lovely group and they’d enjoyed meeting everyone and finding out more about the area,” said Joanne.

“Quite a few had no idea they could get to this stretch of riverside.

“It’s such a special place down there – the view up the river in that section where the trees open out is just beautiful.”

The Trust and the litter picking groups are now planning further community clean-ups along this “forgotten” stretch of riverside.

Arthurs Skips on Neepsend Lane provided a sponsored skip
Arthurs Skips on nearby Neepsend Lane provided a sponsored skip for the clean-up.

Club Mill Road community clean-up sign
The volunteer task force left behind a sign to tell passers-by about the community clean-up.


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See our new Upper Don Trail video to learn about the progress we’ve made in the last year

See our new Upper Don Trail video to learn about the progress we’ve made in the last year

Thanks to everyone who “came along” to our 2021 AGM on Zoom this week.

We had a fascinating evening, featuring really interesting talks about the history of the River Don between Club Mill Road and Wardsend Cemetery.

Our Trust chairman Simon Ogden, and Howard Bayley from Wardsend Cemetery, showed slides of how much the riverside has changed over the years.

As Simon said in the slide you can see above, this stretch of river is now “one of the city’s great hidden assets waiting to be reclaimed”.

That’s one of our overarching aims for the Upper Don Trail. We want rediscover a beautiful riverside running all the way from the city centre to the Peak District National Park!

We’ve made so much progress in the last year that we launched a new video at the AGM to tell you what we’ve been doing.

Huge thanks to our videographer Joey O’Connell of Hove and Co Photography for devoting so much time, love and care to the new film.

You’re a star Joey!

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it…

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All welcome at our Upper Don Trail Trust Annual General Meeting

All welcome at our Upper Don Trail Trust Annual General Meeting

From a new active travel bridge at the heart of Kelham Island, to extended countryside bridleways on the edge of the Peak District! We’ve a year of exciting progress to report at the 2021 Upper Don Trail Trust annual general meeting.

The meeting will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Monday, April 26th.

Sadly, the continuing Covid restrictions mean we will not be able to repeat last year’s convivial and well-attended get-together at Yellow Arch Studios.

Instead, the AGM will take place “virtually” on Zoom. But we still have a packed and varied agenda. We look forward to welcoming all who would like to attend.

It’s an open event although only members will be permitted to vote in the election of officers and trustees.

All you need to take part is the agenda, and a copy of the Zoom meeting link.

New video and illustrated history talk

We plan to launch a new video to update people on progress since last year.

And we’ll have a fascinating illustrated talk about the history of the riverside along Club Mill Road, between Neepsend and Wardsend Cemetery.

We’ll also report on a year of progress

Since last year, we’ve been involved in new initiatives all the way along the Trail from Lady’s Bridge and Kelham in the city centre right up to Langsett on the edge of the Peak District.

Upper Don Trail Trust chairman Simon Ogden is looking forward to reporting a year of progress.

‘We can now look forward to an Upper Don/Little Don Trail of nearly 23 km of which over 11 km is already in place, although some of that needs further  improvement,’ said Simon.

‘Construction of a further 9 km is committed with funding identified, leaving just 2.5 km of missing links.

‘So there’s lots going on. But we also need to make sure that all these separate initiatives come together and that the trail is then well sign-posted, promoted and of course maintained.

‘There is much more for the Trust to do – so why not join us?’

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