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18th May 2019

Eden Rivers Trust Supporters' Day

Time: 9.30am
Location: Melmerby Village Hall, Melmerby, CA10 1HE
Categories: Family

Eden Rivers Trust Supporters' Day

Join us for a day celebrating a busy and successful year working towards a Healthy Eden for All and take a look forward to what's to come in 2019.

The event will feature talks; including our guest speaker on rewilding - Derek Gow and activities showcasing ERT's work.

The event, including participation in the talk and activities, is FREE (first come first served).

Morning Programme
From 10am:
Welcome - Charles Ecroyd, ERT Chair of Trustees

A Year at Eden Rivers Trust - Elizabeth Radford, Chief Executive. Highlights of 2018 and a brief look forward to what's in the pipeline.

Cherish Eden: connecting people to the river - Julie Lawrence, Head of Engagement. A review of our innovative, Heritage Lottery Funded five-year engagement programme at ERT that concluded in 2019.

Open forum - questions from the audience for ERT staff and trustees.


Rewilding - a talk by our guest speaker, Derek Go
Presentation of the inaugural Ploughlands Legacy Award


Participants will have the opportunity to visit some of our project sites with the Eden Rivers Trust staff team and learn more about our work.

Afternoon tea provided by The Old Village Bakery in Melmerby will round the day off with plenty time to chat to staff and fellow supporters and guests of ERT.


Further information about the day:

Site Visits:

Water, Woodlands and Walls - A look at diffuse pollution control and Natural Flood Management - Gamblesby

Barriers and Habitat Restoration - A look at the issues around barrier removal for flood alleviation and fish passage as well as small scale river habitat restoration.

Stream Dipping - Have a close up look at the invertebrates and fish fry in the Melmerby village beck.

Local River Walk - Demonstrating how Eden Rivers Trust is putting rivers into the National Walking for Health Scheme with our Eden River Rambles programme. Easy walking, no longer than an hour - there may be stiles and mud.

Eden's new catchment plan and/or Riverfly Investigations (Indoor sessions in the village hall)

A full agenda and further details on the afternoon site visits will be provided for participants.

Derek Gow
Derek Gow is a farmer, ecologist and reintroductions specialist who works on rewilding from a species perspective. He is a specialist in water vole mitigation, breeding and reintroduction; and has also been involved in some beaver reintroductions. He has recently decided to re-wild 120 acres of his own farm, with plans to introduce feral cattle, pigs and ponies "in an effort to provide a tangible example of how without significant issue a landscape can be reshaped to become one which balances my own interests with the critical needs of wildlife as well".

Ploughlands Legacy Award
This Award will be presented annually to an individual or a group, whose actions have contributed significantly to the conservation of the rivers and lakes of the River Eden catchment.

Ticket Booking
Free Ticket Includes:

-Access to all talks
-An activity in the afternoon *
-Afternoon tea

*Please indicate which activity you would like to join us on by selecting an option at the time of booking.

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