During the summer months Calder Future, in association with Trevor Bannister and his Calder Valley Clean-up Team – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Caldervalleycleanup/ have been active surveying the watercourses and running volunteer tasks to clear invasive species and debris on the River Calder. By the end of August we had arranged over 1,000 volunteering days with local residents and with the young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) www.ncsyes.co.uk

The work has varied from clearing blockages and debris from the watercourse, to cutting back vegetation and removing the invasive Himalayan balsam from the banks of the River Calder and its tributaries at sites varying from Todmorden through to Eastwood and Hebden Bridge, also concentrating on the area around Mytholmroyd (Elphin Brook and Brearley Fields) and latterly working down in the Lower Valley at Elland.

Here are some photos of the summer events – rubbish accumulated in a river clean-up in Sowerby Bridge (working with the Halifax Canoe Club – the canoe pictured was damaged and useless);

The rubbish haul from the Calder and Ryburn

a haul of metal from the River Calder on our ‘River Day’ in June at Eastwood;

Removing debris from the river at Mayroyd, Hebden Bridge

and two pic’s of the young participants from the NCS project, getting stuck in with the balsam and the debris on the riverbanks between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Bashing the Himalayan balsam at Hawksclough, Mytholmroyd
Summer Action on the River Calder