South Bank

This project is located on the grassy slope just downstream of the main river bridge in Ilkley, in front of the Playhouse and between the allotments and the river. We have an ambitious masterplan, funded by Ilkley Town Council, which will take several years to implement.

It seeks to transform this prominent but uninspiring section of the riverside into an area in which:

Decisions about planting regimens within different areas of the site will be informed by expert opinion and soil analyses which have already been conducted as well as by wishes expressed by local people. Phase 1 of the project comprised seating and planting at Rivadale End which has been funded by Skipton Building Society following reinstatement by Yorkshire Water. Funding for further phases will be sought.

The project represents an opportunity to demonstrate that public open space, largely comprising grassland of low biodiversity value, can be transformed in ways that enhance the area for local wildlife and connect people with the natural world. It is hoped that improving the area in this way will help both people and wildlife adjust to a warming climate, as well as inspiring people to do more to help address the wider environmental crisis.

We hold regular work parties and occasional community events to maintain and enhance the site. This has included planting of shrubs, wildflowers & bulbs (provided by Royal Horticultural Society, Moss & Moor and Rotary). We welcome new volunteers.