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Emerging Urban Efforts: Holme Valley Vision, Stoke-on-Trent, Porter Brook



Just three examples of the exciting projects that Trout in the Town is supporting at the moment as part of various partnerships that are working to get urban river restoration projects off the ground.

Holme Valley Vision: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/cash-plea-as-huddersfield-valley-unites-to-improve-river-1-6904319, will be launched with an exhibition in Holmfirth Market Hall from Thursday October 30 to Saturday November 1, which will tell the history of the river and its ecology, and ask the public what improvements they want to see. Come along, and if you think it is a good idea, please consider donating to their "River2015" campaign that will support their effort: The aim of River2015 is to make improvements along its route, which takes in Honley, Holme and Holmfirth, starting by recruiting 2,015 people to donate £20.15, £201.50 or £2,015.

Myself and my colleague Tim Jacklin have recently been involved with strategy meetings and also a number of walkover visits on sites in the urban Trent catchment. We, along with Nick Mott of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will be proposing and designing (as well as helping to deliver) habitat improvement projects in these urban reaches as part of a great Catchment Based Approach partnership between many organisations including the E.A., Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Wild Trout Trust and more. Liz Horton, Nick Mott and Bernadette Noake are heading up the Staffs Trent Valley CaBA Team.

Also a really exciting bit of work planned for next spring is our involvement with the Sheffield CC efforts to improve ecological conditions in heavily engineered sections of the Porter Brook right in Sheffield city centre. Trout in the Town has submitted proposals for measures that will augment existing schemes by introducing simple, yet significant, additional ecological and geomorphological processes into improved reaches of the brook: https://twitter.com/OneBigRiver/status/525044740094722048

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