About geoff

Project Lead on this catchment host, Geoff has over 40 years experience working in, on or near rivers. He started as a Pollution Prevention Officer and ended specialising in regulatory and relationship management.

NFM Delivery – want a job?

Would you like to work in an exciting partnership delivering NFM and woodland creation at a catchment scale? This ambitious project also marks the start of a joint, long-term partnership, between the National Trust and Yorkshire Water - the opportunities to extend this project over the wider Colne, Holme and Calder catchments are

Our recovering rivers – two films

You might be interested to see the following two films promoting recovery of our rivers through fish passage in Yorkshire;   The ‘Green Port Hull Fish Mitigation Project’ film, promotes the work done to address fish passage in the Humber River Basin as part of the Green Port Hull project, Here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T67obuJ2674

DNAire – a river revived

 The Industrial Revolution brought many changes to Yorkshire.  The wealth created by the woollen industry allowed cities like Leeds and Bradford to grow and flourish.  However, many of the “dark satanic mills” in William Blake’s famous poem that dot our Northern landscape where initially water powered rather than coal.  There have been corn

DNAire Activity Plan tender opportunity

The Aire Rivers Trust have just issued an Invitation to Tender for the Activity Plan which forms a key part of the Stage 2 submission to The Heritage Lottery Fund for their DNAire - Developing the Natural Aire project. This exciting step moves the project one step closer to delivering Salmon to Skipton

iCASP revealed

Members of the iCASP team in Bishopdale visiting farm-scale natural flood management measures The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) is an exciting five year partnership programme, which was launched last July and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. Even though it is hosted by the University of Leeds,

Improving the environment in the Leeds City Region

Environmental improvements are not solely made for the benefit of the birds and bees, the fish and fauna. Indeed, as demonstrated by the Green Blue Infrastructure Strategy developed by Leeds City Region late last year and currently going through the approvals process, they can generate substantial economic and health benefits too. A quotation

New farming rules to protect water

New rules will be introduced which will save farmers money whilst also better protecting the water environment. From 2 April 2018 new rules for all farmers in England will be introduced to help protect water quality, by standardising good farm practices that many are already performing and offering a new approach to regulation. In essence the

NFM and Soils

With thanks to The Westcountry Rivers Trust....some really useful thoughts and advice on the soils aspect of NFM. "Very often Natural Flood Management (NFM) options implemented within catchments, are carried out before the landscape's natural function has been assessed. The East Devon CaBA strongly believe that soils should always be the first option

Natural Flood Management

Sometimes known as 'Working with Natural Processes', the techniques of NFM are many. The effectiveness of the many approaches to NFM continues to be researched (and disputed by some), but the EA have just published a series of documents that make a massive contribution to the debate - get your reading glasses ready

Farm payments can improve the environment

Click image to open report Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, one of our partners in the Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership, have published an outstanding report illustrating how farm payments could be used to actively promote ecological and societal benefits (rather than, as often with the current system, to pay farmers for not polluting our