Keeping The Rivers Flowing Project

Watercourses are an important feature in the Colne Valley Regional Park with over 200km of river and canals with over 60 lakes supporting an amazing variety of wildlife while providing the public with drinking water as well as opportunities for business and recreation. Humans and wildlife need water to survive from day to day but unfortunately our water sources are under threat with high water consumption, climate change, over extraction of water sources, and an ever increasing population, the future isn’t looking bright.

To raise awareness of this issue the Landscape Partnership Scheme are leading an ’Keep Rivers Flowing’ project in collaboration with Affinity Water, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and community groups to promote the water saving message throughout the Colne Valley Regional Park. Our objective is to highlight the impact between water usage in the home and the effect it has on the River Colne and is tributaries through a range of different programmes, these include, Drip Drop Summer School, Water Saving Leaflet, Community Ambassadors and much more.

SAVE YOUR RIVERS, SAVE WATER

The South East of England receives half the rainfall than the rest of the UK with local residents in the South East also using more water daily – 152 litres per person per day, which is higher than the national average of 141 litres per person per day. With the changing climate there is greater pressure on our water resources, we need to work together to make sure there is water for everyone now and in the future. To find out how you can conserve water and help reduce stress on our local river systems check our leaflet.

Drip Drop Summer School – 12th-15th August 2019

In August 2019 Groundwork South in collaboration with Affinity Water delivered a free four day summer school called ‘Drip Drop Summer School’. The Drip Drop Summer School was an exciting and educational project engaging with young people to help raise awareness about the importance of water saving in a fun interactive environment. Find out more here: https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/drip-drop-drip-drop/

Help us and become a Community Ambassadors

Water is a precious resource which wildlife and us need to survive on this planet, with current climate predications the importance of saving water is ever higher. We need to work together to ensure there is enough water for future generations.

If you would like to help your local community and river system, we are looking for local residents to become Community Ambassadors to help raise awareness on water issues and solutions. If you would like to get involved or further information please contact Chloe at chloe.crompton@groundwork.org.uk.

For more information on water saving techniques take a look at:

Affinity Water: https://www.affinitywater.co.uk/saving-water.aspx

Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/Be-water-smart

Can you save water and save your local rivers?

This video was created by young people at Drip Drop Summer School where we explored the topic of water awareness and conservation in Colne Valley Regional Park.

The Colne Valley Regional Park is the first substantial taste of countryside to the west of London covering 43 square miles the landscape is a mix of bustling towns, green spaces and waterways. The park hosts an interwoven network of rivers and canals stretching 200km2 as well as over 60 lakes.

Water awareness and conservation is incredibly important in Colne Valley. The water we use at home comes from underground sources called aquifers which provide water for rivers and other water bodies as well as for our homes. Thus the more water we use at home means there is less for local rivers and wildlife. Can you save water and save your local rivers? Check out this video to find out more.

For more information on Colne Valley Regional Park and water saving techniques take a look at:

Colne Valley Regional Park: https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Water-Saving-Leaflet-2.pdf 

Affinity Water: https://www.affinitywater.co.uk/save-water

Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/be-water-smart

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund for their support.