By Greg Dawson
The Waterway festival was hosted by River Holme Connections, a culmination and celebration of a year’s worth of work put towards helping the environment and Kirklees community.
The group’s work includes controlling invasive plants such as knotweed and refurbishing natural areas such as ponds and waterways.
Joining with River Holme Connections, the Moors for the Future group gave a talk on the importance of preserving peat moss on local moors around Kirklees.
The talk gave insight into how Marsden moor is recovering after the wildlife that broke out this summer, caused by a discarded barbecue.
Chairman, Andrew McCloy and Head of Communications, Alice Learey, showed how sphagnum moss was being used to keep the moors moist and prevent future fires as well as floods.
Later in the day, Carolyn Roberts delivered a presentation on how bodies found in rivers can be traced and how forensic hydrology can provide valuable information in a criminal case. Professor Roberts took the crowd through grizzle and interesting cases from across the country and her involvement in them.
For more information on River Holme Connections and their projects go to https://www.riverholmeconnections.org/