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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Calder Future’s plans post-Lockdown

We are now entering a new phase of volunteering, after twelve months of the Covid-lockdown, which has meant that a lot of environmental activities have been curtailed or have only gone ahead with small numbers of dedicated workers and volunteers

Let’s get rid of the balsam

Our usual programme to get volunteers hand-pulling the invasive Himalayan balsam in the Calder Valley has received a hit this year with the COVID-19 lockdown – it has not been possible to organise work parties, and we were originally hoping

The summer 2019 clean-up season in full swing

Calder Future volunteers have been out and about, controlling the invasive Himalayan balsam at various locations, such as in the old mill goit at Tipside, Todmorden – see the calendar for TRIG’s next event there – and we have also

Balsam clearing as part of The Source Project

Calder Future is part of ‘The Source’ partnership which acts to increase flood resilience in the Upper Calder Valley. In the latest update from ‘The Source’ Project there is an article about the work of Calder Future in clearing the

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

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

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 

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