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 have been working on a range of projects. They have improved the network of footpaths and cycle routes, restored biodiversity by enhancing wildlife habitats and cleaned up the river by tackling the problem of litter and fly-tipping.
Photo: Wild Trout Trust
3 Valleys Nature Park
By linking green spaces and waterways in the Colne, Holme and Calder valleys, a nature park will help to connect people with cleaner, more wildlife-rich places.
It will provide opportunities for recreation and active travel, and an appreciation of the value of wildlife and historic features. By improving people’s health and wellbeing, and helping to address the climate and ecological crisis, a nature park is very relevant to the post-Covid era.
We are making progress in achieving this vision by bringing people and organisations together to develop the park. With the support of public sector organisations including Kirklees Council and the Environment Agency, as well as community groups, local businesses and environmental charities we believe it can become our nature park.
E-bikes offer an affordable, healthy, low-carbon alternative way to travel. Our e-bikes can be trialled or borrowed so that users get an idea of what it is like to use an e-bike and which model they prefer.
We have been operating e-bike trial roadshows, e-bike libraries and employer schemes to find out if an e-bike would suit individual’s travel needs over the longer term. EPIKs are working in partnership with well – established Manchester Bike Hire (MBH) who have been running employer schemes for NHS trusts and Salford University.
Re-Use & Recycling
We are looking at how new opportunities for social enterprise can be established as Kirklees adopts a strategy of “zero waste to landfill”.
In a place “where waste is valued as a resource through re-use, recycling, and recovery”, we are advocates of the need for community-led enterprise as part of our commitment to tackling the climate emergency.
We ran a waste conference in December 2019, looking at future opportunities for increasing the amount of re-use and repair, as well as in establishing new jobs in the “circular economy” see www.kwrnet.org.uk