After months of fundraising and planning, two major new riverside access projects have begun at two popular sites along the River Holme in Holmfirth. This work will be complimented in 2018 with improvements for wildlife, signposting and education.
At Sands Recreation Area, local contractors Gary Scott Groundworks, Landscaping and Maintenance are working to create a route that will be much more user frielndly for wheelchairs and buggies to get close to the riverbank. The contractors have set out the line of a new path which follows the route of the existing path. They have started to scrape back the topsoil so that they can lay kerb edges and a base of compacted stone. The footpath link from the white bridge will be improved with a tarmac surface and edgings and the area that is inundated with mud and water on a regular basis will be remodelled to avoid future ponding.
At Holmfirth Duck Feeding Area, the first delivery of machines and large rockery stones took place early this morning. The stones will be lifted from the car park down to the working area before being placed along the line of the original river wall to form the new wall.
Several layers of stone will be placed on top of each other to build up to the required levels. The next stage will be rebuilding the riverside wall and construct a paved duck feeding area where the ground has been washed away by the river over the last few years.