A number of initiatives being pursued by Revive the Wye are aimed at increasing general awareness of the River Wye and, in particular, creating exciting opportunities to expand the Partnership’s engagement with school children and young people.
Interpretation boards located at popular locations by the river or at sites of special interest are an important way to inform people about the river’s ecology and history. RTW’s first two boards, designed by the Chiltern Chalk Streams Project and funded by the Environment Agency with support from the local parish councils, were installed at Boundary Park and Wooburn Park. These will be joined very soon by three boards funded by Wycombe District Council at Desborough Recreation Ground. Funds donated by the Wild Trout Trust and other sources will be used during 2017 to install at least three more boards at different locations.
Trout in the Classroom
The Trout in the Classroom initiative, led by the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project, ran its first such scheme in the Wye Valley during 2016 at St Pauls School in Wooburn. See the news item. RTW hopes to commence similar schemes at other local schools as funding becomes available for the equipment and induction training.
Stream dipping is a very effective way of getting children interested in the wildlife living in their local rivers. Some stream dipping events have been held at several locations on the Wye and the Hughenden Stream. A new stream dipping station was created at Funges Meadow Nature Reserve during 2016 and there is scope to provide facilities for stream dipping along other parts of the Wye.
‘Young Roots’ Project
This is an important project inspired and led by the Chiltern Rangers and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – see what they are doing here. The HLF website says the following about Young Roots. ‘Through Young Roots, we want to give young people aged 11–25 the chance to plan and deliver their own heritage projects. They’re supported along the way by heritage and youth organisations working together. Projects celebrate the young people’s achievements and share what they’re learning with the wider community. Read more about this on the HLF website.
RTW has regularly attended a number of community events each year (e.g. Pann Mill Open Days and the Wooburn Fete) to promote the work of RTW and its Partners and to increase awareness about the river, its wildlife and its history. Our stalls are managed by volunteers. The Friends of the Wye supporters group is increasingly taking on this task with its own volunteers.
Members of the RTW Steering Group occasionally give talks about the Wye and the Hughenden Stream and about the work of the Partnership. Talks about the history of the mills along the Wye are also given by representatives of the High Wycombe Society, the Flackwell Local Area History Group and other local organisations.
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