Friends of Bennerley Viaduct

Friends of Bennerley Viaduct

At a glance

Causes

  • Environment
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

Bennerley Viaduct is a Grade II* Listed wrought iron viaduct, first opened in 1878. Repurposed after years of dereliction, it was opened for walking and cycling in 2022. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct was founded as a way for local people to be part of the fight to save this local industrial icon. Now that the viaduct has been rescued, the charity's purpose has changed. The vision is to build a sustainable visitor attraction in the Erewash Valley, promoting the value of time spent with heritage and in nature to visitors from across the region and offering a range of activities for visitors, from the educational, to the fun. The viaduct is a source of local pride, and the charity aims to work with the local community, and to act as a catalyst for local investment. 

Activities

We run a range of engagement activities such as guided walks, outreach talks, family nature and craft activities, education sessions with schools and other groups, and partnerships with local museums and heritage organisations. We are also advocate for investment in the local area, and are putting the Erewash Valley on the map as a visitor destination. We involve a diverse group of volunteers in our work, offering opportunities for upskilling and combatting loneliness. We also raise awareness of the significant heritage of our area. 

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