Over the winter months, river and weather conditions were not suitable to conduct much practical conservation activity. However, the RTW Steering Group has still been busy.
In October, Wycombe District Council held a ‘Return of the River’ meeting in the Guildhall in High Wycombe, which several RTW Steering Group members attended. Experts in water management, highways, conservation and local history joined with representatives of local organisations to learn more about the past, present and future of the River Wye and Hughenden Stream. The meeting covered the importance the Wye has played historically in the development of High Wycombe, presented by Charles Rangeley-Wilson – author of ‘Silt Road – the Story of a Lost River’, the work of the Revive the Wye partnership, described by Mike Overall – RTW Chairman, and presentations by the Council on its thoughts about how its plans for the regeneration of the town centre could provide opportunities in future years to ‘Remake the River’ in parts of the town centre.
As well as planning for the year ahead, the Steering Group has also put a lot of work into identifying how it can improve the Wye and its associated water bodies and seek the funds to do so. So watch this space for further news….! We have also been discussing with the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust how we can best jointly promote the rich natural and social heritage of the River Wye and develop walking routes that will broaden peoples’ understanding. As part of our networking to keep abreast of developments, Mike Overall and Allen Beechey this month attended the Blueprint for Water – Chalk Streams Conference, held at WWF’s ‘Living Planet Centre’ in Woking.