The Greenstreams Project has been delivering public access and other improvements along the River Colne since 1997 when the first new riverside footpath was created behind the Leeds Road Retail Park. Environmental Alliance Ltd (now Environment Kirklees Ltd), a Huddersfield based not-for-profit company has led on many of the projects, in partnership with local community groups, voluntary and public sector organisations and, local businesses.
Like so many urban rivers, the Colne played a pivotal role in the development of the area, providing both food and water for the rural communities before the industrial revolution. Since then, use of the river to power mills and act as a conduit for polluting wastes, had a devastating impact for the river’s wildlife. In that period, the river had little other relevance to the growing urban communities along its banks. With the recent return of fish stocks and wildlife we are now seeing the benefits of great efforts to clean up the river since the 1990’s.
The Greenstreams Project is building on this work, to reconnect local communities to the river, making it an asset fit for a new era where the river provides a quality environment, which brings social and economic benefits. Although we have put in place the foundation for that process there is still much to do. We want others to help in achieve the goals of the Greenstreams Project.