Mersey basin Campaign

Local Heroes

The Mersey Basin Campaign covered a relatively large area – almost five million people live in the Mersey catchment alone. And we worked in some wildly varying locations, from Manchester’s city centre canal network to Liverpool’s famous waterfront, and from Cheshire’s rural River Bollin to the former industrial heartlands of Salford Quays or the wildlife mecca of the Ribble coast. In terms of our activities, one size definitely didn’t fit all.

In order to take focused action on specific stretches of water, the Mersey Basin Campaign established a network of over 20 local Action Partnerships, each of which worked closely with everyone from volunteers, schools and businesses to local authorities, regulators and politicians, on a whole range of improvement projects.

In this collection we’ve gathered together a set of specially written case studies – produced by our project coordinators themselves – focusing on some of our best (and most enjoyable) projects. We’ve tried to reflect the broad scope of the Action Partnerships’ work, so you’ll find everything from environmental arts projects and schools’ heritage days to community consultation and biodiversity programmes.

The case studies have been designed as a practical guide to how we got things done and what we learned along the way, so if you’re working on your own projects, whether as a volunteer, project manager or part of a community group, we hope you’ll find something here that’ll inspire, help or even just make you smile in recognition.

To see more case studies, you might like to check out the Events and activities collection as well.