River Don gorge cash appeal to improve river banks

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A public appeal has been made to raise £25,000 to help protect the banks of a South Yorkshire river.

The Canal and River Trust wants money for the "green corridor" of the Don gorge, 3 miles (5km) west of Doncaster.

The river and a canal run through limestone cliffs and the trust wants to improve access and visitor information.

The charity says the area is home to more than 200 species of birds and butterflies and is crossed by the Trans Pennine Trail.

Jane Thomson, enterprise manager for the trust, said: ""Every penny donated will be spent directly on this project."

Volunteers have already carried out a range of practical tasks in the gorge including hedge-laying and scrub and tree clearance.

The Canal and River Trust oversees 2,000 miles of canal and river across England and Wales.

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