Irwell Catchment Partnership

Irwell | North West

Contact Information

Catchment Host

Groundwork Greater Manchester


Aimee Brough


07977 192 461


Check out the latest Irwell Catchment Partnership Newsletter - March 2024

The latest Irwell Catchment Partnership newsletter covers updates on key objectives such as cleaner waterways, natural habitat preservation, and flood risk management. It includes details on ongoing projects, local nature recovery strategies, flood action groups, funding opportunities, and upcoming meetings.

For anyone invested in environmental conservation and community engagement, this newsletter offers valuable insights and opportunities for involvement.

Click here to read our March 2024 Newsletter

Irwell Catchment Partnership Story Map

The Irwell Catchment Partnership Story Map has been designed to support the Irwell Catchment Partnership’s integrated catchment planning process of reviewing evidence and turning this in to a funded action plan.

Our Map illustrates the story of our catchment area, highlighting challenges and providing solutions. Our Interactive Evidence Map allows partners to explore data sets relevant to our catchment for project creation purposes. We record our actions on the Story Map so that the partnership can build more collaborative projects in the future. You can also view case studies on the map to discover what we’ve been working on recently.

Click here to view our Story Map

Irwell Catchment Partnership Plan 2019-2027

The Irwell Catchment Plan has been created by existing partners and provides interested stakeholders with an overview of the ambitions and activities of the Irwell Catchment Partnership over the 8 year period from 2019 to 2027, in alignment with the North West River Basin Management Planning cycle, and is, through our commitments, described at a sufficiently high level that it should not require frequent updating.


CASE STUDY: Developing a costed programme of projects within the River Irwell catchment

Latest news

Natural Flood Management Boost: Funding Secures Resilience for Irwell Catchment

40 projects have been awarded a total of £25 million in funding for natural flood management (NFM). Led by the Environment Agency and Defra, these projects aim to utilise natural processes like planting trees and creating wetlands to mitigate flood risks.

Among these projects, two have been successful in their bid for funding in our catchment area:

  • City of Trees Trust’s Cromton Moor Slow the Flow Leaky Dams
  • Community Forest Trust’s Whitewell Brook NFM

NFM strategies not only reduce flood risks but also restore and mimic natural ecosystems, enhancing biodiversity and providing numerous environmental benefits. These include soil and land management, river and floodplain restoration, and coastal management.

This funding builds on the success of previous NFM initiatives. With work set to continue until March 2027, these projects will contribute to the goals outlined in the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, creating more climate-resilient communities while benefiting nature.

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Bradshaw Brook volunteers to tackle Himalayan Balsam

A group of volunteers will be working to clear a destructive species of plant near a Bolton thanks to a grant of £7,000.

Himalayan balsam, a non-native species, outcompetes native plants on riverbanks, reducing biodiversity.

Volunteers will remove the plant  from the River Irwell.

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Using Drones To Survey Invasive Species

In order to effectively manage INNS, as part of Natural CourseGMCA has procured a consultant to survey the presence of Giant Hogweed within the River Irwell Catchment. The Irwell Catchment Partnership created a working group who could strategically co-ordinate efforts to tackle the issue.

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Oldham Chronicle - 'Flood busting' leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor

Innovative flood risk management techniques have taken another step forward on Crompton Moor in Oldham with the installation of five “leaky dams”.

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The Bolton News - River Croal project combating fish stock decline complete

The £95,000 restoration ‘Natural Course Project’ along the river Tonge done by the Environment Agency, Groundwork Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has taken out a redundant weir in the river in Bolton.

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