If you go down to the brook today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

The Trent Rivers Trust and local groups are decorating your local brooks with crafty woollen decorations to attract people to visit and enjoy their brooks, and to learn a bit more about the wildlife there.

The photo above provides a map of the location where the decorations will be displayed

From April 21st to April 29th you will find knitted decorations along several parts of the brook which has various names – Nunn Brook, Normanton Brook and Alfreton Brook, depending on where you live. You will also find them on Oakerthorpe Brook in Alfreton, all under the banner ‘Streams of Wool’. The event is part of World Fish Migration Day, a global event to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.

Pictured above: from Left: Isabelle Bailey and Fern Barker of Westhouses Primary School with woollen decorations made by Westhouses Knit and Natter group and other community members.

Why are the decorations there? ‘We want to celebrate the brooks here. When people think about rivers and streams they might think of Dovedale or the Peak District, but your local brook is just as important,’ says Julie Wozniczka, who is Senior Project Manager for the Trent Rivers Trust (pictured below), a charity which leads positive action for people, places and wildlife along the rivers and streams of the Trent Catchment. ‘We want people to enjoy their local brook and to join us in helping to make it clean, enjoyable and good for wildlife. That’s what our project ‘The River Starts Here!’ is all about.’

   Julie Wozniczka – Senior Project Manager