Dronfield Civic Society secured more than £8000 from Veolia Environmental Trust.
The project included footpath clearance and restoration, a new bridge to reinstate the woodland walk, tree planting of native species and the addition of interpretation panels about the history and environmental value of the site.
Ten tons of crushed stone re-established the footpath which leads to the new bridge made at John Gregory Ltd in Darley Dale. Three benches using re-cycled timber were installed at intervals along the path. In April the bare soil areas either side of the path were grass seeded and further trees of native species were planted to encourage bio-diversity.
Project manager David Hallam made two wooden boards which were erected on site with the help of DCS committee member John Hinchcliffe.
Weatherproof cases which display interpretation panels designed by Jane Singleton explain the significance of Mill Lane in Dronfield’s industrial past and its importance as a wildlife site.
The panels provide information about the former Damstead Works, a spindle and flyer manufactory for the textile industry and tell of Dronfield’s own gunpowder plot.
Remnants of the Damstead works have been uncovered as part of the improvement work and they reveal some interesting industrial archaeology.