This summer we have been working with the Calder Valley Clean-up Team http://www.caldervalleycleanup.org.uk to involve local young people in river stewardship tasks. The youngsters are part of the NCS programme http://www.ncsthechallenge.org which aims to give 16-17 year olds the opportunity to take part in team building and carry out good works for their community.

Pulling balsam next to the cycletrack near Hebden Bridge station

The local activities have been funded by the Environment Agency to promote local community action on the river corridor to improve the environment and to reduce the risk of flooding. The young participants will be controlling the invasive Himalayan balsam through hand pulling, removing debris from the river and from other water courses and will be learning about how small-scale interventions like this can help to protect the local environment and contribute to protecting the Valley from flood risk.

A satisfying day’s work
Young people take river action