You can volunteer …

You can volunteer your time

We have a range of volunteering opportunities throughout 2018, for our work in Hardcastle Crags you don’t need any knowledge of rivers or land management but you will need to be fairly fit.

Opportunities will exist at weekends so if you have a few hours to spare either weekly or monthly, we would love to hear from you.

Our primary project is the construction of leaky dams at Hardcastle Crags with the National Trust.  Training will be given and you will need to be able to walk some distance between sites.

Also in 2018 we are hoping to expand our river monitoring system  by constructing our own river monitoring devices, if you are keen on amateur electronics this could be the ideal small project for you.

Contact us here for more information or see the current volunteer days here.

You can volunteer your garden

If you have a garden then why not review how rainwater runs off it.  In recent years there has been a tendency for householders to pave over their gardens, either as additional off street parking or as patio and barbeque areas.  This increases the amount of run off to the drainage system which in turn can enter our rivers in times of peak flows when storm water overflows allow excess water to discharge from the sewers to the river system.  There are ways you can alter this process and allow water to infiltrate to the soils as they would have done before the hard standings were constructed.   Our “You can slow the flow” webpages provide lots of useful tips and advice that can help you convert your garden to an area that can store small volumes of storm water run-off.   

Contact us here for more information.

You can volunteer your farmland

We are keen to engage with landowners or tenant farmers in the uplands above the Calder Valley, there is funding coming available for Natural Flood Management and Slow the Flow Calderdale are part of the process of locating and scoping possible suitable sites, so please get in touch with us if you fall into this category.  Natural Flood Management on farmland could be the construction of shallow attenuation ponds which empty once the storm has passed and swales which temporarily intercept run off and store water, please see our Case Study  1 for an example of an attenuation pond constructed on farmland above Todmorden.   As an incentive there are possible ongoing annual payments for landowners who can prove they have maintained the Natural Flood Management interventions installed on their land.

Contact us here for more information.

You can volunteer your woodland

We are keen to engage with woodland owners in the uplands above the Calder Valley and the cloughs closer to the valley floor, there is funding coming available for Natural Flood Management and Slow the Flow Calderdale are part of the process of locating and scoping possible suitable sites, so please get in touch with us if you fall into this category.  Natural Flood Management in woodland could be the construction of leaky woody debris dams similar to those constructed at Hardcastle Crags.  As an incentive there are possible ongoing annual payments for woodland owners who can prove they have maintained the Natural Flood Management interventions installed on their land.

Contact us here for more information.

You can volunteer your workforce

Our projects need a constant supply of willing and able volunteers, the 120 leaky dams constructed so far at Hardcastle Crags would not have been possible without volunteers.  October 2017 saw our first corporate volunteer day when Skanska employees came to Hardcastle Crags to construct leaky dams, these are all now functioning and slowing the flow to Hebden Water. 

If you have a willing and able work force and would like to help with a team building day constructing leaky dams then we have opportunities throughout 2018 in Hardcastle Crags.

Contact us here for more information or see the current volunteer days here.