Passionate about making the River Holme a better place for people, businesses and wildlife


Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant with no known predators or natural control in this country. It spreads rapidly and easily because even tiny fragments of stem or root tuber can regrow and colonise soil. It is spread along water courses by rivers and streams and on any land where infected soil is brought in.

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Mallard Pair Copyright Andrew Whittaker


The river Holme, beside Norridge Bottom Car Park in Holmfirth is one of the only places to access the River but it has become tatty and eroded. Members of the community told us that they wanted better access to the river, to see more wildlife; better vegetation management and more information about walking routes and heritage. So we are working with Kirklees Council to start improving the area.

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Sands is a well-used open space with an expanse of flat land, parking and great river frontage. Based on feedback from community consultation and support from Kirklees Council we are working to make the River Holme at Sands more accessible and better for wildlife.

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20170501 – Sands 2 AW
20170611 – Bottoms Dam 10 AW


We are passionate about inspiring young people to get involved in improving their local rivers. Thanks to players of the Postcode Lottery, partners fairandfunky and Eden’s Forest, we involved over 1500 children in school visits, volunteering and wild play last year.

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Lockwood Spa used to house a hotel spa to rival Harrogate. The spring that fed the spa came from Spa Wood, a peaceful haven for wildlife along the River Holme, just before it joins the River Colne at Folly Hall.

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