Darley Dale's new community volunteer group (DDCV) has already started to make a difference! The first task session was held on a blustery Friday 13th January, but the weather conditions did not deter the 5 enthusiastic volunteers in their ambition to clear the part of Onzain Way that had become covered by encroaching vegetation and a carpet of leaves across the path.
The multi-user trail that runs from Matlock to station yard in Rowsley is part of the White Peak Loop and National Cycle Network, as well as a very popular route for dog-walkers, joggers and many local residents of the Darley Dale community. Derbyshire County Council engages an environmental charity, Groundwork Greater Nottingham, to manage the ecological and environmental development and maintenance of the route. Groundwork relies on community volunteers to help them with their responsibilities and this is what the new DDCV group will be doing. Task days will probably be about once a month and will last just a few hours. Anyone is welcome to come along and give whatever help they can.
Tasks will vary, but range from litter picking and vegetation maintenance (cutting back trees, brambles, etc) to the development of the trail as a wildlife haven (creation of butterfly gardens, bee friendly verges, bird nesting boxes, etc, etc). The Group's activities will not necessarily be limited to the trail and if its resources can be used effectively elsewhere within the Darley Dale boundaries then those tasks will be considered.
This is a very new group that will evolve its purpose and function as it becomes more established. If you are interested in joining the group, or finding out more about it then please contact David Gray (mobile: 079747 26758 or email d.gray811@bt internet.com)