• KWVR at Haworth

  • Rodley Nature Reserve Fish Pass

    Rodley Nature Reserve Fish Pass

  • Green Ripples

  • Castleford Millenium Bridge

  • River Aire at Ferrybridge

  • Malham Cove

  • Saltaire

Friends of Bradford Beck

Bradford BeckFriends of Bradford Beck emerged from a pilot project which created a catchment management plan over 2012 by working with the community, businesses and institutions that all have a stake in the health and future of the Bradford Becks. The plan was subsequently adopted by Bradford Council and can be downloaded from the FOBB website where you can find details of the ongoing work to improve the Beck and its catchment for the benefit of all.

Amongst other activities, they now hold a regular series of litter picks and Becknics (Picnic on the Beck), promoted a photography competition during summer 2014 and are working on marking the course of the Beck as it flows, often unknown and un-noticed, under the city centre. The City Centre Plaques project has generated a huge amount of interest and recently awarded a prize to Jane Callaghan for her wonderful evocation of the course of the Beck from headwaters above Clayton to the confluence with the River Aire at Shipley:

On westerly moors
Rise Chellow, Pinch, Pitty

Energy once harnessed
To power this wool city

Goit and beck in parallel
Power in, waste out

Spectral Saxon elders
Recall speckled trout

Disregarded water
Here barrel-vault encased

In pure flow below Sunbridge
Fish once chased

Culverted, covered
Lost underground, hidden

The clear sparkling beck
Degraded to a midden

Fouled by industry detritus
Long ago so clean

Under our city lies
A misused, abused stream

Though clean again
The beck stays always dark

Water sighs, eddies, races
Unseen, unremarked

So small a waterway
For Bradford dale drained

Beck fed the canal basin
Its miasma ill-famed

Skip across the broad ford
-Bradford is named

There is a standing Invasive Species Group, who have mapped the extent of Japanese Knotweed on the Beck and are working to eliminate it.

And, as of late March 2015, there is a bid in for money to support a project designed to investigate and remedy sources of urban diffuse pollution – typically miss/cross connections between foul and surface sewers or people plumbing domestic appliances into the surface water system. Details of this ground-breaking project will be published soon.