Postcode Neighbourhood Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our organisation received £17,906 from the Trust for a River Revamp project. The River Revamp project will transform green and blue spaces throughout the catchment. We will carry out 36 practical conservation days with volunteers and community groups (River Holme Connections volunteers, Friends of Honley Old Wood and Honley Village Community Trust). We will carry out river clean-ups and invasive plant control (14 tasks), tree and hedge planting (6 tasks), wildflower planting (8 tasks), meadow management and enhancement (8 tasks). Twelve volunteers will be trained in wildflower identification and eight volunteers will be first aid trained. Volunteers will grow native wildflowers at home, and the plug plants will be planted on the banks of the River Holme and in meadows adjacent to the river. The funding will also allow us to buy new hand tools, litter pickers, wildlife identification guides, wildflower seed, home growing kits (peat free compost and trays), volunteer PPE, trees and bird boxes.
Community consultations in 2018 and 2019 surveyed 374 people. The results showed that people wanted more wildlife, a more attractive river (no litter and more wildflowers) and better access to it. Post COVID we have seen a big increase in demand from new volunteers who want to get involved in conservation work. River habitats are a priority for nature conservation as they have a high biodiversity value. The Holme has “Moderate ecological status,” we want to change it to “Good”.