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…

Monitoring Review

29th September 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Monitoring Data – Where does it go? The Environment Agency are currently reviewing their monitoring programme and how this links with other organisations such as Rivers Trusts and the Catchment Partnerships. Therefore, this offers us a great opportunity to get involved and influence some of the outcomes. We’ve been working at a national level to discuss how the monitoring you help us undertake, including riverfly surveys and electrofishing, can be co-ordinated with data from other sources. This includes information from…

River Kent, Developing Community and Place

13th September 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

We have been working with a number of organisations and the local community to start the exciting task of pulling together a large-scale project in the Kent Catchment. However, it’s not just us, we are also asking you to share your concerns and what you love about your local river. This project will gather peoples perceptions on the catchment, aiming to address some of the concerns and celebrate what a beautiful river the Kent is. Additionally, it will explore the heritage…

SCRT shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative!

29th August 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

What lies beneath: helping your local beck SCRT are bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to support on-going riverfly monitoring in the Barrow and Ulverston area. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the…

Happy #Binit4beaches Week!

14th August 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Happy #binitforbeaches week! LOVEmyBEACH is supporting the week long, nationwide #binitforbeaches campaign which focuses on raising awareness of the damage flushed wet wipes has on the UK’s beaches. If you’re planning on visiting one the UK’s hundreds of designated bathing water beaches this year you might be shocked to find a wet wipe buried in the sand next to your picnic spot. It’s unlikely these wipes have been left here as litter; millions of wipes are wrongly flushed down the…

Great Landscapes Week with Friends of the Lakes

11th August 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

From Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th September 2017 Friends of the Lake District are inviting you to visit our great Cumbrian landscapes, to immerse yourself and to share your thoughts, ideas and comments about why landscapes are important to you. A packed programme of events offers a whole range of ways to get involved and experience the landscape. As an introduction to Great Landscapes Week, Friends of the Lake District will be launching ‘Why Landscape Matters, a Landscape Charter for…

Let’s Celebrate the Kent!

29th June 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Celebrating the River Kent with the Kent Catchment Partnership The Kent Catchment Partnership, a local community group supported under the umbrella of South Cumbria Rivers Trust, held a successful evening at Sprint Mill, where they discussed options for developing a project to celebrate this beautiful catchment. The Kent catchment is the last stronghold in the UK and probably Europe for  our native white clawed crayfish which are present throughout the catchment. Across their European range white clawed crayfish have declined…

Congratulations Conserving Coniston and Crake!

19th June 2017 by Jayne Wilkinson

Conserving Coniston & Crake – Healthy water for wildlife and communities The Coniston and Crake Catchment Partnership under the umbrella of South Cumbria Rivers Trust have been awarded a grant of £763,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to manage the Conserving Coniston & Crake project for the local community’s Coniston and Crake Catchment Partnership. This is a great example of communities and partnerships working together to achieve large scale success; delivering improvements to the catchments’ water quality, habitats and…