Calder Future took part in a ‘socially-distanced’ clean-up of the lower River Calder on a weekday in July, in participation with other organisations. During lockdown there had been a spate of flytipping incidents within Calderdale, which included a site at Elland, Gasworks Lane opp. the Elland Riverside Park – a stretch of river that Calder Future has cleaned up many a time before, with the Halifax Sub-Aqua Club and more recently with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

So we did some joint planning with the Calder Rivers Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and on the day we were helped by some operatives from Forus Tree, as the position of the flytipped debris meant scaling down the river wall and hoisting the rubbish back up. We easily filled a ‘maxi-skip’, the largest one that we were able to hire, and we also cleared some of the casual litter from the river bank in the park, the other side of Elland Bridge.

Here are some photos of the day, courtesy of the Calder Rivers Trust.

The skip is delivered
Getting mucky in the river
Time for a break
The full skip at the end of the task
First clean-up after lockdown