A THREE-YEAR funding programme to improve the River Colne has ended.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and Kirklees Environment Unit have provided more than £170,000 for the River Colne Project since 2001.
However, the end of funding does not mark the end of the project.
River Colne Project officer Mick Smith has applied for a further two years' worth of funding from independent grant-making body the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.
Mr Smith, who joined the project last February, said: "This is not going to be the end of the project. We have applied for further funding to carry on for another two years.
"This funding will focus largely on carrying out management to improve the riverside environment and green spaces of the Colne Valley, as well as running public events and continuing to support local groups and volunteers."
The first two years of the River Colne Project concentrated on surveying the river valley and asking local people how it could be improved.
Last year, improvements began to be carried out.
These include improving footpaths, surveying historic iron field gates, improving riverside environments, creating meadows and developing a sculpture trail stretching from Milnsbridge to Marsden.
A series of forums have also been held to update local people on the progress and future of the project.
The latest of these was held by Mr Smith last Thursday at Slaithwaite Civic Hall.
Brian Lavelle from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was also at the meeting and gave a presentation on animal species.
He also talked about surveys planned to confirm the presence of water voles in the River Colne.
There were also displays from other local groups, including the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, Colne Valley Tree Society and Environmental Alliance.
The forums are open to everyone interested in the river.
For more information, contact Mick Smith on 01484 847798.