This exciting project brings people together to enjoy and benefit from the brooks around Alfreton, South Normanton and Huthwaite.

Over the years, towns and villages, former coal mines, industrial estates and major roads have all had an impact on these brooks. This project aims to reverse the impact of former coal mines, industrial estates and major roads on the brooks in these urban areas.

The River Starts Here! works with local communities to enable them to take action to make their brooks cleaner, more enjoyable and richer in wildlife.

See the film of the brook made by our volunteers HERE.

So far the project has:

  • Supported householders to create rain gardens which have appeared on BBC2’s Gardeners World
  • Successfully conducted the country’s first ‘Outfall Safari’ outside London with local volunteers
  • Trained local volunteers to monitor water quality by recording the bug life in the brooks
  • Held activity days along the brooks with business and community volunteers, creating clearings and adding habitat along more than 1km of the brook
  • Awarded River Friendly Business Awards to local businesses; with BASF, EPC Groupe and Thorntons Ferrero each winning both Bronze and Silver Awards
  • Celebrated these Awards and the work of over 50 Brook Champions at our Awards Celebration. See the video of the event HERE
  • Trained volunteers to identify river flies and feed this information back to the Environment Agency to help to detect pollution
  • Worked with local groups to put on the popular ‘Streams of Wool’ which brought lots of people down to their local brook in April 2018. Take a look at our flyer for 2019  and you can also read more about the event in our latest news article





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