EPIKS – Environmental Projects in Kirklees
We are working with individuals, businesses and the third sector to improve our local environment to make Kirklees a better place to live and work.
EPIKS delivers environmental projects. To do this we depend on people getting involved. Become one of our active citizens, or partner employers. Volunteers have a crucial part to play in improving our local environment.
Enjoy the outdoors – repairing paths, clearing waste, creating a wildflower meadow. You could be working on improving biodiversity, tackling plastic pollution or designing active travel routes. Or behind the scenes, using social media, promoting community participation.
We have several projects planned for post-Lockdown – outlined below. Click on the project for more detail. Our Match it! appeal raise over £8,000 and the amount will be doubled by Kirklees One Community Foundation. It will help us to create a range of regular environmental volunteering opportunities during the year.
Environmental Projects in Kirklees
The Greenstreams Project is making the most of the fantastic river along the valley of the River Colne in Kirklees, which flows from the Pennine uplands through Huddersfield, to join the River Calder at Cooper Bridge.
Benefiting both people and wildlife, Greenstreams volunteers and partners work on a range of projects to improve footpaths and cycle routes, restore wildlife habitats and clean up the river.
By linking green spaces and waterways in the Colne, Holme and Calder valleys, our vision is to work in partnership to create a nature park that connects people to cleaner, more wildlife-rich places.
The 3 Valleys Nature Park will provide opportunities for recreation and active travel, and an appreciation of the value of wildlife and historic features. Progress in achieving this vision has happened by bringing people and organisation together to develop the park.
E-bikes are a viable cost effective, low-carbon solution to future travel in Kirklees. We plan to launch two e-bike projects in 2021, which will give individuals the opportunity to trial an e-bike for themselves. If sponsored by an employer, this loan can be over an extended period.
Firstly, we are exploring employers interested in establishing a bike loan scheme to allow employees to try an e-bike before making a commitment.
Secondly, we are planning the trial of an e-bike library to allow residents to borrow an e-bike for an extended period.
Low Emission Deliveries
We are exploring planning to launch an e-cargo bike a pilot scheme that would help to reduce traffic and cut harmful emissions from delivery vehicles.
Using an e-cargo bike, this low-carbon alternative would support local traders and suppliers, serve local residents and help to demonstrate the versatility of cargo bikes.
Our pre-Covid waste conference (December 2019) explored future opportunities for increasing the amount of re-use and repair, as well as in establishing new jobs in the “circular economy” see kwrnet.org.uk
As Kirklees Council starts to adopt a strategy of “zero waste to landfill” we will be looking at new opportunities for establishing social enterprise.