Raising awareness about river issues

The Tyne Catchment Plan includes lots of projects linked to improving our rivers by changing people’s behaviour, through raising awareness about river issues and educating people about rivers and flooding.

Last week we took a big step forward in trying to turn some of these projects into reality.  A group of interested organisations met at Newcastle University on Monday 18th March, despite snowfall and continuing wintry weather, to discuss putting together an outline bid for funding.

We had some really interesting discussions, some very useful points were raised, and there was great enthusiasm for taking this idea forward.  The group is planning to meet again in a month’s time to continue the discussions and start putting together the details of an outline proposal, which we hope will lead to funding for a Tyne catchment-wide engagement and awareness-raising initiative.

Many thanks to the following organisations who took part:

Durham County Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission, Gateshead Council, Groundwork, Heart Land Design Ltd, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water, South Tyneside Council, Tyne Rivers Trust.