Progress so far
The Trust has commenced a number of activities to work towards making the river Derwent navigable again. These include:
1: Gaining support from Derby City Council for the prospect of riverfront regeneration and the opening of the river Derwent to navigation from Pride Park to Darley Abbey Mills via the City and Darley Park. Indeed, the Council have suggested that the small weir outside the Council House could be removed and a trip boat could be operated between the Council House and Darley Abbey Mills as an interim measure.
2: Derwent Depth Survey – An initial depth survey has been undertaken between the Silk Mill and Pride Park on the Trust’s behalf by volunteers from Midland Canoe Club with Trust volunteers undertaking the recordings. The Midland Canoe Club volunteers strapped four two person canoes side by side to represent the width of a typical river vessel and paddled down river to measure the depth at various points.