Not just a volunteers’ riverside clean-up...

WORK has begun on a scheme financed by Marks & Spencer to spruce up an overgrown and underused wildlife corridor alongside the Porter Brook near Ecclesall Road.

New lighting and information boards are being installed, trout introduced to the river and habitats improved for protected species such as otters and white-clawed crayfish.

Employees at the new Simply Food store on Ecclesall Road are getting involved in clearing land off Hickmott Road and helping with planting and construction. The scheme is due for completion in November.

It is M&S’s 100th Greener Living Space project, funded by the 5p food carrier bag charge and delivered in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork UK.

Company director Richard Gillies said: “The bold decision we made to become the first high street retailer to introduce carrier bag charging has had a hugely positive impact on communities across the UK.”