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Featured project: River C’Aire

Greater-spotted River Trolley

 

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.

 

A good haul

 

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’).

 

Sailors in search of debris
Mum and son

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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