Volunteers work to reduce River Calder flood risk

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Volunteers in Mytholmroyd are helping to reduce the risk of flooding by keeping the River Calder free of vegetation.

The scheme, which began last year, is part of the ‘Pathfinder’ project, funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The project hopes to improve community flood resilience and Calderdale Council is working with the Environment Agency and Calder Future, a local not-for-profit organisation running the volunteer scheme, as well as other local organisations.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “The volunteer days are a great opportunity for communities to play a part in maintaining their local rivers.

“I’m pleased that lots of people have taken part so far, and I hope that even more get involved over the summer.

“We are working with the Environment Agency, Calder Future and other local organisations to tackle vegetation in the River Calder as part of our ongoing works to reduce flooding risk, and are due to be on site to start building the first flood risk reduction schemes in October.”

Anthony Rae, Chair of Calder Future added that the project has got off to a great start in Mytholmroyd and appealed to community volunteers to join the effort to reduce the risk of flooding.

Volunteer days will run throughout the summer in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and elsewhere in the Calder Valley.

If you want to be involved, or are part of a group that would like to volunteer, contact Gavin Roberts at gavin@calderfuture.org.uk or text 0777 231 8566.

For these and other environmental volunteering opportunities, visit www.greencalderdale.org.uk/events