A wealth of beauty right on our doorstep

View over Booth and Stoodley Pike, Calderdale.
View over Booth and Stoodley Pike, Calderdale.

Calderdale is rated as the most tranquil region in West Yorkshire, a research project has revealed.

The Vital Signs initiative, carried out by the Community Foundation for Calderdale in Partnership with the University of Huddersfield, looked at ten core themes affecting life in the borough.

One of those was environment.

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, said “The data presented as natural environment score within the report and a natural beauty score do not appear to do justice to the hilly rural beauty of much of Calderdale.

“It seems probable that the scores reflect national criteria which do not accord with our rugged post-industrial landscape.

“However Calderdale still scores well compared with our West Yorkshire neighbours although Kirklees outstrips Calderdale’s score for natural beauty.”

The report also revealed that Calderdale fares better in terms of air quality than other places nationally and also boasts the best local recycling rates.

Flooding remains an issue in parts of Calderdale and since July 2012, more than 1,200 properties have been damaged by floods. However, Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency are undertaking risk reduction schemes to help protect those areas prone to flooding.

During flooding, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, awarded more than £150,000 to individuals and organisations supporting victims of flooding.

Within 24 hours, cleaning materials, dehumidifers and financial support had been deployed to those who were experiencing difficulty.

The foundation is determined to help enhance Calderdale’s environment.

Friends of Calderdale’s Countryside was set up in 2006 to work in partnership with Calderdale Countryside Service and other organisations for the protection, enhancement and promotion of Calderdale’s countryside.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale awarded a grant to enable the group to create a walking route from the centre of Hebden Bridge, out to Hardcastle Crags and open access land beyond.