Barrows Beautiful Places

2nd March 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Join South Cumbria Rivers Trust and a number of other partners at the Barrow’s Beautiful Places event on Saturday 24th March. This is your chance to come along and help us celebrate the beautiful places of barrow and the surrounding area. There will be opportunities to learn more about the local area and to find out how you can get involved with numerous activities. The event is organised by Cumbria County Council and is hosted at The Forum, Barrow on Saturday…

Heroes Assemble!

20th February 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Great British Spring Clean River Litter Pick – Saturday 3rd March, Kendal. POSTPONED until Saturday 10th March. Did you know that 80% of marine litter comes from land? As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend, we are collaborating with Zero Waste Kendal and the Kent Catchment Partnership to run a litter pick along the banks of the River Kent. John Wright, a member of the Kent Catchment Partnership attended a training course provided by Thames 21…

AgriBuzz Newsletter

23rd January 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

The Environment Agency have released their second issue of Agri-buzz for farmers and land managers in Cumbria. Read the latest issue here. Topics in this issue include: Launch of the New Farming Rules for Water Avian Influenza Safe Management of slurry in wet weather

Volunteer Opportunities for 2018

5th January 2018 by Jayne Wilkinson

Have you made a New Years Resolution to be more active? Or would you like to give more back to your local area? meet new people? Make a difference? Why not check out our Get Involved pages for more ideas and inspiration. There’s plenty of events and volunteering opportunities to get stuck into in South Cumbria. So why not start our new year off in style and get involved with something new.

2017 – A Year In Review

15th December 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Wow! What a year it has been for the Becks to Bay partnership. We’ve really grown, developed and delivered this year and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. 2017 has seen the delivery of a wide number of projects. Not only that but it has also seen some exciting new partnership opportunities arising and new connections evolving. A major development was the publication of this website which we hope you find a useful tool for learning more about your…

New Farming Rules for Water

7th December 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

On the 30th November DEFRA announced that from April 2018 all farmers in England will need to follow new rules to protect water quality. These rules will require farmers to keep soil on their land, match nutrients to crop and soil needs and keep livestock fertilisers and manure out of the water.  This will benefit farmers financially by saving money via greater nutrient use efficiency, increasing productivity and reducing the loss of soils and land. Additionally, these measures will also…

Celebrating our Catchment Partnership

1st December 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Celebrating the benefits of a collaborative approach for people and wildlife Our Becks to Bay partnership for South Cumbria is part of the wider national Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) promoting partnerships for action. There are now 102 partnerships nationally, with over 36,000 people being involved, so thanks to everyone of you who has helped us here in South Cumbria. For every £1 directly invested by Government, the partnerships have raised £8.63 from non-governmental funders. Over the past year Becks to…

SCRT Community Funding Success!

28th November 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Fantastic news! South Cumbria Rivers Trust (SCRT) have been awarded funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Thank you to everyone who voted! The project, ‘What Lies Beneath – Helping your local beck’ will help local communities in Barrow & Ulverston connect with local becks and rivers, through a ‘what’s in your river day’, and training to monitor the health of a local river or beck. SCRT would like to support the community in Barrow and Ulverston to establish their…

NFM Research Funding for Local University

3rd November 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Lancaster University have been successful in gaining NERC-funded research for Natural Flood Management (NFM) in Cumbria. In South Cumbria this will focus on the Kent catchment, where a number of projects have been proposed and delivered using NFM techniques. A number of pilot studies are underway, however, little research has been undertaken to determine the broader scale impact of these measures for the communities many miles downstream. Therefore, this research will help to fill some of these gaps by undertaking large…

Natural Flood Management Opportunity Maps

2nd November 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Maps identifying the opportunities for a range of Natural Flood Management techniques are now available for the Kent catchment on our website. The Rivers Trust commission JBA and Lancaster University to model the potential impact of Natural Flood Management (NFM) on peak flows. This helps to identify opportunities and suggest which sub-catchments may be most suitable for NFM interventions. Modelling was undertaken for the following options: Woodland and Scrub Planting Run-off Attenuation Features Soil Improvement The maps also identify the…