Kersal Dale Salford – Flood Clean Up Event 14th February “Love On The Dale”

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The Boxing Day floods had left Kersal Dale riverside park covered in debris – and our Mersey Basin Rivers Trust St Valentines Day event saw us remove over 200 bin bags of rubbish, numerous barrels, chemical containers, and other assorted flood debris including a very manky teddy, a canoe, a beer barrel and half a dozen tyres.

And for the first time in 5 events – the sun shone!

It was a real community effort, with volunteers coming together from many local community groups. Salford Womens Institute, Friends Of Kersal Dale, Salford Friendly Anglers Society, Wellington St West Community Group, The Broughton Trust and @natureinsalford. We would also like to give special thanks to the Star Inn community pub who provided the most magnificent stew for volunteers at the end of the day. What better way to wind down after a few hours hard graft than with a FREE veggie stew and a pint of real ale.

We managed to clean up only 50% of the park – so will be organising another event on Sunday the 6th of March to complete the clean up of the park. You will be most welcome to join us.

Here are some pics from the day – and we will add more as they become available

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What better way of showing your love for nature than spending a couple of hours on St Valentines day helping to clean up Salfords secret nature haven…

Kersal Dale – ever heard of it ???? Most haven’t. However it’s an incredible urban wildlife oasis which has been devastated by recent floods. Located on the outside bend of one of the rivers meanders, it became a dumping ground for the debris washed downstream during the freak river conditions on Boxing Day 2015…

Take a look at these pictures taken by Salford wildlife expert Dr Luke Blazejewski – no more words are needed.

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We would love your help to restore this riverside public park.

Meet at 10am at the concrete footbridge over the Irwell at the location on this map

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Please wear boots and old clothes.. We provide gloves, litter pickers, tea, coffee and cake
If you have a wheel barrow or a garden fork then it would be great if you could bring them with you.

Lastly – if you intend to come and help us – please let us know in advance by sending a quick email to volunteer@merseybasin.org (we limit numbers taking part in our events to 50 volunteers )

Looking forwards to meeting you on the 14th Feb at 10am

Here is a brilliant clip which shows just how bad the devastation is