A project to revive the River Holme has been launched.

River 2015 is an inspirational new charity with the ultimate aim of improving the valley’s waterway, linking communities who live and work in the area and transforming the river into a vibrant, green oasis.

It will include organsied clean-ups and planting schemes to make the river even more attractive.

River 2015 marked their newly – gained charitable status with an event at The Old Bridge Inn, when local businesses and other organisations were asked for their support.

Kim Warren, newly - appointed Project Officer for River 2015 said: “Rivers in our part of West Yorkshire performed a major role in our industrial heritage and growth, but were often seen merely as a conduit for removing waste or draining the land.

Rubbish cleared from the River Holme

“Much of the riverside is dominated by buildings, hidden away or inaccessible.

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“We want to change that by linking existing riverside routes to form green corridors: a safe place to walk, picnic or play.

“The Holme is a relatively clean river, supporting outstanding scenery and wildlife and a great place to relax, away from the bustle of everyday life.

“We are passionate about the possibilities that opening up the River Holme presents. Our launch marks a new phase in our activities, to work with people from the source of the River Holme in the wild moorland, all the way to the Colne in Huddersfield.”

River 2015 has already completed a series of consultations leading to river clean – ups by volunteers, invasive plant species management and a growing interest from partners in the charitable and business sector who see improvements to the river as a great opportunity for the area.

For further information, visit www.river2015.org

Hard at work cleaning up the River Holme