Kirklees Stadium Development Limited have joined forces as Charity Partners with Greenstreams,
involving Community Environmental Projects in the Kirklees area.
Members of KSDL staff led by Gareth Davies, the Managing Director left their desks to undertake some outdoor volunteering around an area by the rivers edge. This involved clearing debris i.e. plastic bottles, glass bottles, various assortment of rubbish, cutting down tree branches etc! Bluebells were planted, and bird and bat boxes put up, all in the name of conservation!
GD said “We are delighted to be supporting Greenstreams by helping tidy up the riverbank which runs through our site. Myself and the team thoroughly enjoyed the day and have signed up for more volunteering later in the year.”
The water quality in the river Colne has improved considerably and this has led to an increase in wildlife. Higher oxygen levels in the water mean that aquatic insects and other invertebrates can repopulate the river providing food for native fish species such as brown trout and grayling. Kingfishers, dippers and goosanders are among the birds to benefit, and it is not impossible that otters might return; they have been seen on the Calder as close as Dewsbury!
Greenstreams other corporations who have participated in similar events are Cummins Turbo Technologies, Barclays Bank, McDonalds and the Halifax. Yorkshire Water have also contributed a significant amount of time and money to the project, as have FMG Support. Syngenta have also been supportive of the project.