We will plant 50,000 trees in our valley

Martin Slater, left, visiting the SOURCE project at Walsden with Charles Forman from the Environment Agency and, centre, and Dongria Kondh

Martin Slater, left, visiting the SOURCE project at Walsden with Charles Forman from the Environment Agency and, centre, and Dongria Kondh

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DELIGHTED environmental groups are jubilant after receiving confirmation of funding to support tree-planting and erosion control projects in the headwaters of the River Calder.

The Environment Agency partnership funding - £74,000 over two years - has been allocated to the SOURCE partnership, which currently comprises Treesponsibility, the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust, the Upper Calder Valley Wildlife Network, Todmorden Moor Restoration Trust, Calder Futures, Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency, Pennine Prospects and the White Rose Forest.

The project’s search area is the Calder catchment, upstream of Todmorden, and a number of sites have been identified where alternative management practices could be instigated to reduce sediment influx into the river, and potentially slow flood peaks through reduction in run-off.

Project co-ordinator, Dongria Kondh said carefully designed tree-planting has the potential to minimise peak run-off, lessening the impact of water erosion on river banks during periods of intense rainfall.

“Physical works can also be undertaken, such as installing revetments in gullies, drainage ditches, or shale slopes to stabilise them and encourage re-vegetation.

“The money will help to fund the planting of 50,000 trees, and erosion control at five separate locations.

“The Source partners will be undertaking work on a number of sites during summer and autumn 2012, but we know there are many more cloughs and hillsides within our search area which could benefit from erosion control and, or, tree-planting.

“If you are a landowner in the Cornholme, Todmorden, Cloughfoot or Walsden areas and have some land which you think might need some attention, please do get in touch – thanks to the Environment Agency we can help!”

People wishing to contact the SOURCE partnership can email treesponsibility@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 07847 815 926.

The group will also have a stand at Todmorden Agricultural Show, which is held at Centre Vale Park, on June 16.