Salmon quest for South Yorkshire waterway

Chris Frith, of the Don Catchment Rivers Trust
Chris Frith, of the Don Catchment Rivers Trust
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Salmon fishing in South Yorkshire is set for a comeback after plans were unveiled to reintroduce the fish.

The Don Catchment Rivers Trust has been awarded more than £80,000 for a project which aims to bring salmon back to the River Don.

The £81,646 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will also be used to create a long-distance heritage trail from Doncaster to Sheffield along the river and neighbouring Sheffield Canal.

Following the Lottery award, the trust is now preparing an application for further grant money towards its Living Heritage of the River Don.

David Rowley, trust chairman, said: “The rivers of the Don catchment historically provided prosperity to South Yorkshire.

“It’s time to recognise, restore and celebrate their contribution to our heritage.

“We hope to capture the imagination of the people of South Yorkshire with the return of salmon to the Don and the creation of a long- distance heritage trail along the river and canal.”

The project aims to reconnect people with the Don by ‘enhancing and celebrating its rich natural, built and industrial heritage’.

It is hoped the trail will provide opportunities for people to learn from the heritage that surrounds them, helping them to develop new skills and interact with their heritage.

A HLF spokesman said: “South Yorkshire owes much to the rivers that run through the area and yet we have, until recently, turned our back on them as dirty, lifeless places.

“Since the 1990s water pollution has been reduced, transforming the natural heritage of the river into something that should be more valued, enjoyed and celebrated.”