Passionate about making the River Holme a better place for people, businesses and wildlife
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Look at what we've achieved together

With the help of our dedicated volunteers and supporters, we're already making a difference. We've treated Japanese knotweed, bashed balsam and improved access to the River Holme for people of all abilities. Read on to find out more.

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DUCK FEEDING AREA - PHASE I

The river Holme, beside Norridge Bottom Car Park in Holmfirth is one of the only places to access the River but it had 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.

In 2017, we worked with Kirklees Council to improve the area.

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SANDS ACCESS AND BIODIVERSITY - PHASE I

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 with support from Kirklees Council we completed the first stage of a project to make the River Holme at Sands more accessible and better for wildlife.

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BOTTOMS MILL

This haven for wildlife is one mile upstream from Holmfirth. In 2017, with the help of volunteers including Kirklees Countryside Volunteers, we resurfaced the public footpath along the river, which is part of the Holme Valley Riverside Trail.

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INVASIVE SPECIES TREATMENT AND REMOVAL

Invasive, non-native species such as Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam can spread rapidly. This reduces biodiversity and can be detrimental for native flora and fauna. We have an aggressive treatment programme to manage Japanese knotweed and remove Himalayan balsam from the banks of the River Holme.

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EDUCATION

We are passionate about inspiring young people to get involved in improving their local rivers. Thanks to players of the Postcode Lottery, partners fairandfunky, local artist Napoleon IVth, and Eden’s Forest, we delivered 16 workshops for 8 Holme Valley schools and engaged 1600 school-aged children in various activities.

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