Greenstreams – Investing In The River Colne

10/06/2015

Environmental Alliance Ltd is to reveal its exciting proposal for a Greenstreams Community Linear Park along the River Colne at The John Smiths Stadium. The proposal aims to identify the greenspaces along the river corridor together as a package that will make up the park and, demonstrate their significant combined recreational potential, their wildlife interest and, the extent of the facilities that already exist there.

Kathy Womersley of Environmental Alliance, who has been carrying out the Linear Park feasibility work, said that, “many people don’t realise what a fantastic river we have on our doorstep now that pollution levels are much reduced. You can go canoeing at Colnebridge, fish for the native brown trout or just watch for the herons, kingfishers and dippers, which are now present there. Perhaps more importantly, the river helps connect many greenspaces along the valley forming a green ribbon along which you can take a relaxing walk or cycle ride. However, these areas do need looking after and the aim of this event is to get more businesses involved in helping local community groups and organisations to manage and look after them.”

A number of businesses will be presenting their contribution at the event, which is being hosted by one of Greenstreams key business partners, Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd. Barry Sheerman MP, who has supported the project for many years will open the event and says, “the river is a great cultural feature of this area. This is an opportunity for businesses to find out how they can make an important contribution to improving their local environment and help secure the river as an economic asset for the district.

 

The Greenstreams Project

The rivers in Kirklees have been a wasted asset for decades and the Greenstreams Project is dedicated to changing that for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Over the years Greenstreams has created and improved over 6 km of public access to the river and riverside green spaces around Huddersfield so that the value of these ‘hidden gems’ may be appreciated by all. Alongside this, the river is now becoming increasingly recognised for recreation with a canoe launch facility and anglers coming from far and wide to fish for grayling and native brown trout.

For further details about this business event contact Jeff Keenlyside on Tel: 01484 428880 or email: jeff.keenlyside@environmental-alliance.org.uk