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Telegraph and Argus “Gannett Award” to ART

CHEQUES totalling almost £30,000 have been handed over to four charities in the district from the Telegraph & Argus’s charitable arm.

The Gannett Foundation, operated by the T&A’s US parent company Gannett, invited deserving candidates to apply for a grant to help provide services in the district.

A number of local organisations applied and four were selected, receiving the news of their successful bids shortly before Christmas.

The charities to benefit in the Bradford area this time range from environmental projects, to community and sensory gardens and an outdoor play structure for young children.

T&A editor Nigel Burton handed over the cheques, which range in value from £5,000 to £9,000.

Aire Rivers Trust received £9,000 towards an environmental project on the River Aire to deter and clear up fly-tipping and host an awareness-raising event.

In its application the trust detailed how North Beck in Keighley is an area particularly blighted by fly-tipping.

This project will reconnect the businesses and community to reclaim the area and restore it to become a tranquil urban green space,” the organisation stated.

We will clear the area of fly-tipping and secure it against further incidents by installing a fence and security cameras.”

In terms of benefits to the local community, the application adds: “The whole community would benefit from the area being cleaned and fly-tipping removed. Families would once again be able to access the area and walk in pleasant surroundings beside a local Beck.

It would improve an urban ward in Keighley and encourage people to get outdoors more. In the long term, the neighbourhood would be safer for people to use.”

Nick Milsom of the Aire Rivers Trust said upon being awarded the grant: “The Aire Rivers Trust is enormously proud of our rivers and streams and the wildlife they support.

This grant will make a huge difference to our volunteers to enable us to tackle a challenging fly-tipping hotspot in an area of Keighley we have been working to improve over that last year.”

The Gannett Foundation awarded a total of £30,000 in grants in 2018 to 50 good causes in communities served by Newsquest newspapers.

Knottingley Hydro officially open

The Knottingley Weir hydro officially opened on Nov 5th 2017. The green contraption on the weir is the eel pass and the outflow from the hydro is in the immediate foreground just below the outflow from the fish pass. The other photo shows Geoff Boycott (mike in hand) addressing the invitees just before he unveiled the… Continue Reading

Harden Beck just got better!

Beckfoot Mill Weir on Harden Beck was independently identified by both Kevin Sunderland of the Aire RT and the Environment Agency as an obstruction to fish passage and an interruption to natural geomorphological process. EA fisheries data confirm that grayling are only recorded in the beck up to the weir, and since it is only… Continue Reading

More weirs made swimmable!

Aire Rivers Trust has agreed to fund work to improve fish passage and reinstate connectivity on several small to medium-sized weirs on tributaries between Bingley and Malham. The work is being coordinated by Professor Jonny Grey, Research & Conservation Officer for the Wild Trout Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency and various other organisations… Continue Reading

Turbines at Chapel Haddlesey and Knottingley

Two hydros and fish passes are under construction on the lower Aire. Chapel Haddlesey The turbines have already been installed and the baffles for the fish pass will be delivered in early June 2017. The fish pass and the two Archimedes Screws are expected to be in use by the end of June. Knottingley The… Continue Reading

A Place for SUDS

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are much talked about these days, but  what are they and what is the point of them? Sustainable drainage mimics natural processes and reduces flooding by managing rainfall close to its source and wherever possible at, or near the surface. By building in permeable paving, channels, green roofs, swales, soakaways… Continue Reading

Legal challenge to river basin planning

The river basin planning process is to be subject to a Judicial Review, threatening the forthcoming publication of the EA’s River Basin Management Plans. None of the sites referred to are in our catchments, although a couple are in Yorkshire and the action has no immediate impact for ourselves, however it might increase pressure on… Continue Reading

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships

A fabulous opportunity to gain a Level 2 qualification as an Environmental Conservation Apprentice has just opened up. These are available throughout Yorkshire. Futureworks (Yorkshire) are working together with the Environment Agency and Bishop Burton College to offer opportunities for individuals to work towards a L2 Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Details are in the attached Environmental… Continue Reading