Ban the Burn evening event with geomorphology Prof postponed to 26th February

Snow has meant that Geomorphology Professor Malcolm Newson’s visit to Hebden Bridge at Treesponsibility’s invitation is postponed to February 26th and 27th. He’ll be looking at Walshaw Moor Estate and SOURCE tree-planting sites, and offering advice on erosion control and combating soil runoff and sedimentation in rivers.

Ban the Burn! evening event Tuesday 26th February – please book/rebook if you’d like to attend

Ban the Burn! supporters are welcome to a Ban the Burn! evening event on Tuesday 26th February, at Hebden Bridge Hostel,  The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8DG. Treesponsibility is asking anyone who booked for the 24th Jan event to confirm if they still want to attend on 26th Feb.

There will be a meal at 7 p.m. and at 7.30pm Professor Newson will discuss and show slides about upland catchment management and runoff/river flooding, with relevance to Walshaw Moor and Hebden Water.

There is space for around 30 people, please contact Treesponsibility if you’d like to attend. Mob: 07847 815926 Email:

SOURCE geomorphology field trip – couple of places available

A couple of spaces are free for the  27th February Geomorphology Field Trip round SOURCE sites, with Prof Newson. Again, contact Treesponsibility if you’d like to take part. Several Environment Agency and Calderdale Council staff will be attending. The schedule is:

7:15 Breakfast at Hebden Bridge Hostel

7:50 Bag packing/ Arrival time for field trip participants who did not stay overnight.

8:00 – 8:15a.m.Intro, health & safety etc

8.20 a.m. Minibuses leave hostel.

8.50 a.m. Assemble at South Grain Farm (OL14 7HT – alternative arrival point)

9.00 – 1.00 Morning:- Midgelden Brook.

Itinerary will include the badly eroding SOURCE site at South Grain Farm, where we will be accompanied by the landowner who will describe what happened in the June 2012 flood. We also hope to have a quick visit to the quarry area on Todmorden Moor, part of which is another potential SOURCE site, and look at an earlier Treesponsibility planting site at Midgelden Bank (where we will have a tea-break!). The morning will conclude with a visit to Gorpley Clough, where we will be shown around by David Wilson Calderdale Countryside Officer from Calderdale Council. The clough has had several recent landslides.

1.30 – 3.30 Afternoon:- Warland Water.

The afternoon will begin with soup, bread and hot drinks at Warland Farm (toilet facilities).

Warland farm is another SOURCE project site. There is also another Treesponsibility planting site (Steanor Bottom) over the other side of the valley, as well as some more recent erosion control work. It would be helpful if people could bring binoculars. After (a quick) lunch, we will walk up the hill to have a look at the Upper Warland Valley including Calf Lee where we are working at the moment, and another potential SOURCE site. David Warland will describe what happened in the June 2012 flood, Dongria will talk about plans for the sites, Judith from Calder and Colne Rivers Trust will talk about monitoring so far. There will be a brief training in using geomorphological instruments.

4:00-. Tea and end of day summary at Fielden Centre, Todmorden.

4:30 p.m – Minibuses back to Hebden Hostel (15 mins) to pick up personal baggage.

Geomorphology – scientific study of landforms and processes that shape them

Geomorphology is the scientific study of landforms and the processes that shape them. These processes are broadly: weathering and erosion, the transport of eroded material, and its eventual deposition in a new place. Upland management is crucial to flood control in the Calder Valley, and Ban the Burn wants a ban on burning and draining blanket bog in order to reduce flash flooding via runoff from the tops. Professor Newsom’s insights will be very interesting for the Ban the Burn campaign.

Updated 23rd Jan 2013

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