The next Becknic is at 2pm on Sunday 13th Oct towards the beginning of the Beck in a rural spot near Thornton. Eddie has arranged singing and story-telling. The site is nice and clean so no litter pick needed! Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and of course your picnic. a flyer is attached – pass on to your friends and family.
Volunteers with Friends of Bradford Beck are determined to expose the beck with their new ‘This Is Bradford Beck’ signs as a pleasant place to meander and enjoy.
Once deemed the filthiest river in England, they say with a little help from them and funding agencies, it could become attractive and healthy again.
This Sunday, the Friends of Bradford Beck are throwing a ‘Becknic’ party from 2pm to 3pm under The Crag in Valley Road, Shipley, to raise awareness of the waterway as something to celebrate.
People can just go along and join in – all they need to do is bring their own food.
The Friends and partner groups have come up with ambitious plans to clean up and improve the river, allowing wildlife to thrive and making it an asset to the city.
The beck’s water quality has been tested and come out “better than first expected”, said Steve Bland, of The Friends group.
The Friends have also been through the city to identify how and where the cleanliness and attractiveness of the watercourse for people and wildlife could be improved.
To make a start, volunteers have been holding action days clearing the areas of the beck and came up with the signing project.
They have been out and about covering up the old red warning signs dating back to the 1980s, if not earlier.
Mr Bland said: “When I was growing up those signs scared my mum. She always told us to stay away because we could catch something from the water but of course we didn’t stay away and we didn’t get ill from it either.
“The beck has pretty much been forgotten over the years. We want to reveal it again so it can be enjoyed and become an important part of the city again.”
Of the 11km of the beck which flows through the city, the majority is either hidden underground or forced to run through deep artificial culverts.
Many of these date back to the 19th century, when Bradford Beck was so polluted it was deemed the filthiest river in England, despite the city being at the time the country’s richest.
The culverts were built to hide the sight and smells of it. It runs beneath the Alhambra, City Hall, under the Westfield site and out on Canal Road to Shipley. The Friends are looking for funding to put up information boards, direction signs showing the way to the beck and possible marker flagstones or a painted line through the city centre charting its underground flow.
Thanks to the Telegraph and Argus for the publicity.
BRADFORD BECK CATCHMENT PLAN
Agreement Event 21.11.12
Saltaire Methodist Church,
- Session 1 – 15:00 – 17:30
- Session 2 – 19:00 – 20:30
The project is to hold its scheduled ‘agreement’ event on Wednesday 21st November at the Saltaire Methodist Church over two sessions. The event will examine issues that have become evident through the numerous consultations and events we have held over the year about the beck and its management into the future. Both of these sessions will look at the picture of the beck that has been gathered thus far through water quality and ecological assessments, the 6 visions for the beck, as well as a summary of potential future projects to take the project forward. All are welcome!
The first session from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm is for the institutional stakeholders and associated professionals and the second from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm is for the wider public. The reasons we are doing these across two sessions is to cater for the numbers of attendees, and that the focus of each session is slightly different. The Church is 8-10 minutes walk from Saltaire Train Station and there is a carpark nearby on the corner of Caroline Street and Victoria Road.
If you would like to book a place please email me, and feel free to distribute this further to colleagues and/or friends who might be interested in attending.
With kind regards,
Michael Canning (M.Sc, IEEM, SER)
Bradford Beck Project Officer
Aire Rivers Trust
Aire Rivers Trust, a company limited by guarantee, company number 07464227.
Registered as a charity – registration number 1145609.
Latest EA consultation:
A consultation on Working Together to deliver river basin management
The Environment Agency has for a long time had a consultations system, some consultations relate to environmental permitting, many to other areas of the agency’s remit.
These consultations always run for a month or more, at the end of the period the Environment Agencywrites a report summarising the responses and how the EA proposes to respond to the consultation.
The consultations summary page is at this link, a list of open and most recent closed consultations ((i.e. usually a link to tyne associated report should be available)) can be found here (6 are currently open at the time of writing – 2012-06-22)
I’m highlighting this on the website rather than trustees email, since I feel the process should have wider publicity.
You can register a consultee account at register, most consultations require you to login to take part in the process.
Today a fairly important consultation for Rivers Trusts and others interested in riverine issues started, its a 6 month consultation.
Attachments: 2 external links (there are 9 more but only 2 are relevant to our catchment) (1 national document and 10 basin catchments)
- River basin management: working together England and Wales 1.3MB – 28 pages
- Humber river basin district 1.8MB – 21 pages
The following article appeared in the Telegraph and Argus today (Mon 21 May 2012)
A training day for volunteers to carry out periodic water sampling is to take place Thursday, June 14, at Bradford University, 13:00 (1 pm)
DavidB pp Michael Canning
T+A Article text follows
Continue reading Aire Rivers Trust seeks helpers for Bradford Beck clean up
You may be interested in this BTCV ((originally British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)) event at the Skelton Grange Environment
Centre – on our east Leeds water corridor
The annual Skelton Grange Environment Centre Open Day is taking place on 10th September 2011 11am-4pm.
There will be loads going on at our beautiful nature reserve in south Leeds, with green woodworking crafts, charcoal burning, nature trails, storytelling, music, circus skills, pizzas from our wood fired cob oven, a superb cafe with all sorts of cakes and other goodies – and much more!
There is a leaflet attached to this email, and more details including information of how to find us at http://www.skeltongrange.org.uk/friends/open_day.html
original information from
Aire Action Leeds Project Officer
Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB
T 0113 281 6804 M 07917 780 151