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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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