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River Bollin Riverlands project at Lyme

View across countryside with trees, fields and in the distance the Bollin reservoir
Bollin reservoir across the park at Lyme | © National Trust Images / Annapurna Mellor

As part of a national programme to improve the health of rivers across England and Wales, we've launched the River Bollin Riverlands project. The project will include Lyme, Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank, Hare Hill and Alderley Edge.

The River Bollin meanders through Cheshire and the southern fringes of Manchester, flowing by many places along the way, including Lyme, Quarry Bank, Dunham Massey, Alderley Edge and Hare Hill. The largely rural and agricultural nature of the catchment gives way to the Greater Manchester conurbation to the north.

The River Bollin is part of the national Riverlands Programme which has the following three key aims:

  • Rivers and catchments that are healthy, clean and rich in wildlife.
  • Rivers and catchments that are easily accessed, valued and loved for their heritage and beauty.
  • Sustainable long-term care for rivers and catchments.

We’ll also be working with local communities to help them rediscover and reconnect with their rivers – as spaces for leisure and activity, to socialise, or simply take a walk beside the water and clear their minds.

On this timeline, we'll be posting regular updates of the work we're doing on the project, so keep checking back in to stay up to date.