- Improves the aesthetic and amenity value of Yorkshire’s waterways
- Reduce flood risk
- Improve the ecological value of Yorkshire’s waterways
- Improve awareness and knowledge of issues, projects and people relating to Yorkshire’s waterways
- Improve connections and relationships between projects and people relating to Yorkshire’s waterways.
- Actively encourage more people to get involved in managing and maintaining the waterways in Yorkshire, improving their appearance, accessibility and quality
- Provide information about riparian landowner responsibilities and support riparian landowners to fulfil these
- Source funding to support sustainable maintenance and management work on waterways in Yorkshire
- Create, provide, share and distribute information about issues, projects and people relating to Yorkshire’s waterways
- Support the creation and continuation of ways of networking between people and projects utilising online and physical resources.
Featured project: River C’Aire
This Spring, the River C’Aire Project has been establishing community engagement in river stewardship through the provision of open volunteer days in the Bradford district. A collaborative delivery process by River Stewardship Company (RSC) and Open Source Arts (OSA), a wide geographical scope will be served along the River Aire and Bradford Beck. The aims are to encourage individuals to actively involve themselves in their local patch, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in their local area. Benefits of practical conservation volunteering include the improvement of the aesthetic and ecological values of the environment, reducing the risk of localised flooding, meeting like-minded people, and physical/mental well-being to name a few.
Areas we have held successful volunteer sessions to date:
- Bradford Beck
- Chellow Dean
- Bradford Rowing Club
- Higher Coach Road
Our latest clean-up session (April 9) at Higher Coach Road, Baildon attracted over 40 volunteers, with a large proportion ascending from the Higher Coach Road Residents Group (See http://www.the-rsc.co.uk/boats-banks-baildon/).The especially impressive turnout highlights the importance of local action groups and the value of their input.
As the project develops, there is the potential of developing business opportunities with riparian landowners (e.g. corporate volunteer days), increased community engagement and networking and the creation of ‘Zone Champions’ (individuals who will hold increased responsibility during the volunteer sessions in their ‘zone’).
We would love your input: whether you are a business and would like to contribute financially (or other resources into the activity), or whether you or your group or organisation would like to join our friendly and rewarding practical volunteer days. Please contact via the contact form or email Hellen.Hornby@the-rsc.co.uk
Watch this space, and our events calendar for upcoming activities.