KIRKLEES Council and a green group have joined forces to improve the River Colne at Slaithwaite.
Mick Smith, River Colne Project officer for the Slaithwaite-based Colne Valley Trust, has been working with the council's highways department to repair flood damage on the river bank at Upper Mills.
Last year, factories at Upper Mills were flooded by the Colne and a footbridge was damaged by debris.
The refurbishment of the bridge has now been completed. It involved building steps up to the bridge and creating an earth mound to reduce the risk of flooding.
Mr Smith and volunteers have sown the earth mound with a wildflower seed mixture, to create a meadow area.
The seed was chosen specially to incorporate native and insect-attracting plants.
Mill owner Max Royds is to have the meadow cut twice a year. Further improvements are planned at the meadow in October.
Kirklees Highways Services led the refurbishment, working closely with Mr Smith.
Both groups hope to work together to incorporate environmental schemes into highways projects.
Highways project officer, Zainal Muhammad said: "This has been a great opportunity for the River Colne Project and ourselves to work together."