Works in the Porter Valley
The 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday in each month is a Work Day. If you would like to join us please just turn up on the day. See the calendar below for dates and meeting points.
We meet up with the Rangers and get involved with whatever practical tasks need doing – clearing brambles, cutting back undergrowth encroaching on paths, litter-picking, and many more activities.
If you have any further questions please contact us via the link at the bottom of this page.
From the last Work Day
Hello Conservation Volunteers,
Many thanks to all those FOPV volunteers who turned up today to carry out a number of important tasks. We also welcomed DWP staff who made valuable contributions. A skilled team made willow rings for the Christmas Fair under the expert guidance of John Gittins. The team managed to produce 150 rings in record time so we are now ready for the wreath making at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 9th December at Forge Dam. Hope to see you all there.
Another team consisting of Chris Nicholson, Stephen Ward, Chris Bullivant and myself erected the new display board on the green in front of the cafe. This will contain relevant FOPV information prepared by Ann le Sage and Ros Hancock. Another similar display board will be erected on the shores of Forge Dam and will display progress on the Forge Dam project.
Meanwhile Graham, Simon and Janet were beavering away clearing the goit, clearing drains and gardening. Tomorrow two of us hope to clear the piles of brash behind the garages.
From now on I am taking over from Ann le Sage as Conservation Work Day coordinator. I will be assisted by Chris Nicholson and Les Greenwood, and Ann will no doubt be present on many occasions too. I am sure you would all like to thank Ann for her unstinting efforts in organising the work days for many years. Her organisational and persuasive abilities are amazing and we have all benefited greatly from them. Time for Ann to take a well deserved rest from the work days but of course there are many other activities and initiatives in FOPV which she will continue to lead. Well done Ann and many thanks.
The work days from now on until at least the end of January will take place at Forge Dam. The reason for this is that we hope to start clearing undergrowth, saplings, decayed and rotting timber and some smaller trees from the island and banks in Forge Dam. This will be in preparation for more extensive works later and needs to be done before tree growth resumes and sap rises in March. We also hope to restore the river flow to where it used to be on the far side of the island. Other less strenuous work and maintenance will continue as normal also. The other priority area is Shepherd Wheel which will be revisited from February onwards. The fight against weed in the dam there needs to be rejoined before the spring. We will of course be working at our other locations such as Endcliffe Park in due course.
Chris Nicholson will lead the tasks at the next work day on Tuesday 28th November at Forge Dam, as I am away at that time. . Ann will be there dealing with the high viz jackets, risk analysis and signing in sheets and no doubt recruiting for the Christmas Fair.
Thank you for your efforts,
Sheffield City Council regularly contact the FoPV regarding planned works within the valley. They also provide us with various documents for some of the works which explain their plans, and what work is due to be carried out.
Where possible we have provided links to these documents for your information.
Re surfacing the path around Wiremill Dam, unfortunately the contractor preparing the path noticed serious undermining from leaks in the Dam wall similar to the goit problem’s last year.
Closed the Dam path off as a temporary measure, awaiting structural advise.
It is then planned to dig approximately 5 trial pits April / May to aid a structural assessment to advise on a way forward.
Tree Safety Works
Porter Clough (Sept 17)
Contractors will be carrying out health and safety tree work throughout Porter Clough between Carr Bridge and the Top Car Park, as a result of the latest H & S risk assessment. The type of work this generally covers is the felling of dead, dying or dangerous trees and the removal of deadwood or other hazardous parts over thoroughfares and roads. The work will be carried out within the next 10-12 weeks.
Community Tree Officer
Should you require any further information please contact the Tree and Woodland Section on (0114) 273 6701.
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