Carbon Landscape

The Mersey Rivers Trust is leading on the Hey Brook Revival project as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Carbon Landscape project.

We hope to improve water quality, reduce flood risk and create habitats within Low Hall LNR and the surrounding areas. Our main aims of the project are…

  • Recruit and train volunteers as ‘River Guardians’ to monitor water quality in several locations throughout the target area.
  • Create reed beds within Low Hall LNR to increase attenuation of water to reduce flooding downstream, provide habitats to a variety of wildlife and improve water quality by acting as a filter.
  • Install leaky dams to ‘slow the flow’ therefore reducing flooding downstream.
  • Raise awareness of misconnections and the negative impacts they have on water quality and subsequently people and wildlife.
  • Various other volunteer events such as invasive species removal, litter picks, kick sampling and water vole surveying.

The project begins where Borsdane Brook meets the B5239 Bolton Road. It then flows south through Borsdane Wood LNR to Hindley. From Hindley, the brook flows through Low Hall LNR to Hey Brook which runs parallel to the Leeds/Liverpool canal into Pennington Flash.

A water sampling training session is being held on Wednesday 20th June to train citizen scientists to monitor the water quality of their local brooks. If you are interested in attending this training or any other volunteer events, please email



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