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Love on the Dale – Clean Up Feat over the Flood

Contributed by Emma Charlotte Richards 

An Article written by Emma Charlotte Richards about Love on the Dale – Clean Up Feat over the Flood

The Boxing Day Floods, which tore through much of Northern England in 2015, had a significant effect in the Greater Manchester region; 24 flood warnings were put in place at its peak. Notably the Mersey River Basin, extending into Salford, was a risk. The River Irwell rose well beyond its usual level, causing significant flooding in its locality.

Kersal Dale, a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) and a Local Nature Reserve, is located next to the River Irwell. The Dale is home to a variety of wildlife including kingfishers and woodpeckers which can be regularly spotted along the river. The area is used by the community as a site for leisure and relaxation.

It is a secret pocket of paradise for wildlife, which as such have been greatly affected by the flooding.

Dr Luke Blazejewski - Lead of Nature in Salford, helped lead over 50 volunteers with the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust on a Valentines Day clean up in Kersal Dale.  During the floods huge amounts of waste were carried onto the meadows and ancient woodland, including heaps of plastic bags, children's toys, multiple tyres and a canoe!

The event saw the successful coming together of various groups and organisations, including the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust, Friends Of Kersal Dale, Salford Friendly Anglers Society, The Broughton Trust, Salford Women’s Institute, Wellington St West Community Group, and Nature in Salford. The combined effort saw approximately half of the Dale being cleaned up.

Volunteers gave special thanks to The Star Inn too, who welcomed volunteers after a hard day’s work with some delicious homemade stew! The stew was prepared by Noel Goulding’s Junior Chefs.

Although a great deal was achieved on the 14th February, there is still much to be done. A second round clean up is being organised for Sunday 13th March, with potential volunteers being asked to email volunteer@merseybasin.org to register their interest.

Please note that there is a limit of 50 volunteers to the event.

Emma Richards