Calder Future (part of Calderdale Sustainability Forum) is a partnership between the local community and agencies which have responsibility for waterways within the Calder Valley, to bring a co-ordinated approach to river and canal improvements and provide volunteering opportunities for those that live and work next to the water. Throughout its work Calder Future has been about improving the positive aspects of our rivers, but recently we’ve been forcefully reminded of their darker side if they and the surrounding landscape are not managed properly to reduce the risk of flooding. This requires an increased emphasis on ‘river stewardship’ and Calder Future, as a partner with Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency, will be playing an important part in delivering this essential responsibility.


This month's volunteering events


What we have been up to

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Joint actions to tidy the rivers

 Throughout the spring and summer we have been busy helping to tidy up the river channels and clear the debris left by the Boxing Day flood. The Environment Agency and Calderdale Countryside Service have been active doing the initial clean-ups, and

Big Calder Spring Cleanup – March 2016

A series of river cleanup events in March 2016. Volunteers wanted NOW! Anthony Rae for Calder Future 3rd March 2016 The next stage of our recovery from the the Boxing Day floods – after the baling out, starting the repair

River Stewardship in Action

Calder Future has been working with other partner organisations to set up activities which enable people to improve the river environment within Calderdale. The river stewardship scheme is funded by DEFRA’s Pathfinder money, which is managed by Calderdale Council. We have been working

What is river stewardship? Short video to view

Here’s a short 5 minute video produced by Pennine Prospects showing what river stewardship involves and why we are doing it: here 

To Dredge or not to dredge

Environment Agency presentation: ‘To Dredge or not to Dredge’ Here you can peruse a document which the Environment Agency has prepared for national consumption – so not specific to the Upper Calder Valley – but which sets out the general issues and

All hands on deck at Brighouse

We have held the third successful clean-up day on the Calder & Hebble Navigation in Brighouse – this time focussing on the stretch of canal between the market and the marina.  We were assisted again by the Calder Navigation Society and their

Eye on Calderdale flooding website

The website has been developed in partnership between Calderdale MBC, the Environment Agency, West Yorkshire Police, Calder Valley Community Support Group, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the local flood groups in the area and DEFRA. The site is interactive and includes

Pocket park for Bailiff Bridge

Over the last years Calder Future has supported the Bailiff Bridge Community Association in their litter sweeps of Clifton Beck. This work has taken on a new prominence now that the new library and community centre are being built at

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