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5 Top Tips – No. 5 Take Action and Volunteer

Author: Jeanette Dyson
Categories: Projects

5 Top Tips for Holme Improvement

No. 5 Take Action and Volunteer

Healthy, well-cared for rivers provide food, shelter and a breeding ground for invertebrates, fish and mammals. In turn, they provide food for larger animals, which is all vital for a healthy, functioning ecosystem.

Here are our top tips for easy ways that you can look after our rivers by volunteering.

1. Get to know your local river

There are so many reports that indicate the physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors, connecting with nature and visiting green spaces and rivers. If you can safely visit a local river it’s a great way to relax.

There are many beautiful walks along our rivers, including many safe walks along the River Holme and its tributaries, see our explore page for inspiration on walks.

Another benefit of getting to know our local rivers is that it makes us more likely to care for them and the wildlife they support now and in the future.

2. Take action – become a volunteer!

Make a difference to rivers and the environment where you live. Join a community volunteer group that picks litter, clears invasive species and plants native trees and plant species. The more people who act, the cleaner and greener our river and outdoor environments will be.

3. Join in our regular events

If you live in or near the Holme Valley, why not volunteer with River Holme Connections? There’s no ongoing commitment and we have lots of ways for you to take part. In the summer we host balsam bashing events and wildflower planting, while in late autumn and early spring, we need help planting trees.

River clean-ups, practical conservation work and citizen science projects and education work take place throughout the year. For those who prefer indoor work, we welcome help with administration, writing blogs, and other office-based tasks.

See our upcoming events page, visit our Facebook events page or contact our team on 01484 661748 to find out how you can get involved.


Our Top tips… series of blogs is part of our Holme Improvements, year-long project, which is funded by an award from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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