Transforming Greater Manchester’s waterways
As part of the Greater Manchester Environment Fund, a new project will restore and rejuvenate one of the city region’s largest waterways.
The Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF) has been successful with a bid to Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF), which will support environmental NGOs to deliver key nature recovery projects. These projects will help to achieve key results against the Greater Manchester Local Nature Recovery Network Strategy.
The Mersey Rivers Trust have big plans for the River Tame. The Love Your River Tame project aims to restore over 6km of the river between Ashton-under-Lyne and Haughton Green. This will include Haughton Green, Hulmes/Hardy Wood and Lower Haughton Meadows Local Nature Reserve.
Work for the project will include improving riparian and in-channel habitat conditions by carrying out riverbank stabilisation, planting native water plants in the river channel and addressing over-shading through vegetation management. The project team will also remove invasive flora from the area and plant trees close to the river.
The River Tame is a valuable blue-green corridor within a densely populated area of East Manchester, providing health, wellbeing and recreational benefits for those close by. It is an important migratory corridor for a wide range of aquatic species, such as brown trout and coarse fish, as well as small mammals, bats and birds. The two Local Nature Reserves featured in the project are rich in natural and industrial heritage, and the sites have extensive access paths, linking to national and local trails.
In spite of this, the River Tame does not have good ecological water status; fish diversity and abundance are poor due to poor riverbank and in-river habitat quality plus insufficient diversity of invertebrates and native flora. The Love Your River Tame project aims to provide a positive resolution for the quality of the river and surrounding natural environment.