Hyndburn Brook improvements set to bring Salmon to Accrington UPDATE- COMPLETE

An exciting river improvement scheme on the River Hyndburn between Clayton-Le-Moors and Great Harwood will help migrating salmon, trout and eels bypass a historic weir. It will allow them to reach habitat inaccessible since at least 1844, when the weir supplied water for the Oakenshaw Printworks. A specially designed channel will be constructed to bypass the weir, transforming 1.3kilometres of river. The channel will be complemented by education projects in local schools and 1.24 hectares of new woodland, to be planted by volunteers later this year.

Hyndburn Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Education, Leisure and Arts, Cllr Ken Moss, said:
“In Hyndburn our rivers, woodlands and public spaces are often overlooked, yet they’re fantastic! This project will make a huge difference at Oakenshaw Weir, and it will be great to see the work the schools and volunteers achieve. I’m also looking forward to the follow-on projects, and getting Salmon upstream to Accrington!”

Delivering a healthier river system for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities and wildlife.

The project is a flagship scheme within the Ribble Life Together programme – delivering a healthier river system for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities and wildlife. The Ribble Rivers Trust are leading the project, working in partnership with The PROSPECTS Foundation, Hyndburn Borough Council and community representatives. The £128,000 project has been funded by national lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Environment Agency, Natural Course – an EU LIFE funded project, and the Windfall Fund – a partnership between EnegieKontor and The PROSPECTS Foundation.

Alison Silver, Windfall Fund Grant Manager, added:
“We’re really proud to be supporting this scheme and have been looking forward to it starting. As well as improving and celebrating the natural heritage of the Hyndburn Brook, it will inspire the local community and leave a positive legacy in our local area.”

Please contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on 01200 444452 for further information.

10 thoughts on “Hyndburn Brook improvements set to bring Salmon to Accrington UPDATE- COMPLETE

  1. Mark

    Hi, Sounds great, but what about the weir at Dunkenhalgh?
    This is another large barrier that prevents fish moving upstream.

  2. Andrew Kerr

    such a visible story —-have you done any survey work to see if there are any eels above now so that if they are found later a demonstrable success can be claimed.

    great work

    • RLTWebadmin Post author

      We will be surveying above the weir later this year. Salmon fry were found just below the weir earlier this year, so we’re hoping for a positive result either this year or next year.

  3. Gary

    Hi what about all the pollution in this river one source is from the old tip at church kirk another is litter pollution from the m65.
    Regards gary

    • RLTWebadmin Post author

      Hi, thanks for contributing. Litter and pollution are a long term problem, however, the river has improved over the years. We regularly carry out clean ups and other volunteer work, and have an education programme with schools, so hopefully over time people will be more aware and considerate.

  4. Derek Kenyon

    Good to hear there are other options than takingall the weirs out. It would be good to see more projects like this. The only reservation l have that lve heard mentioned is the channels being netted. Apart from that all sounds good. Kind regards Derek, Irwell fisherman ?

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