Sunday, 21 October 2018

21st October 2018 A year on

Nearly a year on from planting. The planting and new bank shape have survived flood and severe drought. The leaves are ready to drop and during low water, we will be able to inspect the stream side.

Friday, 24 August 2018

16th August 2018

Late August and the bank is greening up nicely. There's been a drought and watering by hand with river water has been hard work but now the rain has arrived, it feels worth it. Next job is to pick out the Himalayan balsam.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

8th July 2018

Even during a dry spell lasting 8 weeks so far, the spiling is doing well, with thick growth even at the base. The gentle grassy slope is struggling and with new planting of native riverbank flowers, it is a struggle to keep it alive with watering by hand from the river main flow. The stream bed is dry.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

20th May 2018

The willow is growing! Fresh shoots and leaves and the banks are covering over too. Brilliant.

Friday, 20 April 2018

20th April 2018

The Forest of Bradford men (Ian, Matt and Colin) are extending the spiling downstream by 5m to make a smoother tie in to the line of the bank. Where the spiling formerly ended, the current was washing away material from behind it.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

10th April 2018

After a very wet winter, snow and high water levels, the spiling is flowering.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

9th March 2018


Spring, and the spiling has survived high flows. Here are Environment Agency staff having a look. The bottom curve which takes the brunt of the river's energy, initially suffered some scouring but now is accumulating material including large pebbles. Also, it's nice to see the bare earth beginning to green over.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Water safety training for the work force


Water awareness training for the chaps at Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club's grade 2 rapids. Rescue 3 provided the expertise for the lads who works close to and often in moving water.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

4th January 2018

High winter river levels bring debris floating downstream. The spiling is collecting debris and where grass is growing (already) the soil has stayed in place. One area that takes the most pressure has caught debris but behind, top-soil is being washed away. This is a problem that needs addressing.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

10th November 2017


Bradford Environmental Education Service plant more young trees to stabilise the bank and provide habitat. These trees willl eventually act as a barrier to the large logs - whole trees in fact - which are brought downstream when the river is in flood. In recent years whole trees have lodged on the bridge. Now, they might not get that far.

Monday, 18 December 2017

1st November 2017


The Forest of Bradford team and the completed living willow wall with the lower tier now filled in with earth. All that remains to do is to take off the blue string and take their tools away. Tools? Loppers, crowbar, sledge hammer, a post driver, some saws, spades, rakes and a wheel barrow.

1st November 2017


It's looking near completion but here Matt is weaving short pieces of willow into any spaces, to make sure the wall is as dense as we can make it. Notice the brash infill.

1st November 2017

The chaps are cutting the posts down so they don't stick up. Notice the weaving is three one way, three the other. The blue string is to mark the height of infill needed. Earth came from what Simon Thornton had dug with his digger as well as more from the bank to make a smoothly domed profile.