Cathy's Blog - Enjoy

I’m lucky to live in Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB but seem to have spent a lot of my time recently working on Dedham Vale-Stour Valley related projects – as it should be, we work jointly across the two project areas!

It was a pleasure last Saturday to have a special day of exhibitions, a talk and the first showing of The River Runs Through Us film, for the River Stour Festival. The film is being shown the length of the Stour Valley over the summer, and the exhibitions at North House Gallery, Manningtree, and at Flatford are open until the end of August.

The talk was by Professor Jules Pretty of Essex University, a persuasive supporter of our ‘natural health service’, about enjoying nature on our doorsteps. A discussion ensued about the best ways of encouraging the next generation to take interest. Jules talked of how key the ages 5 to 11 are for forming memories, including of outdoor experiences, that we come back to as adults, inspiring ongoing conservation. He also suggested we don’t have to throw away technology, but to use it, via apps such as bird song or tree identification, to engage younger people with the natural world.

Its National ‘Magnificent’ Meadows Day is today. If you have time, pop along to Long Melford Green, until 4pm, to learn about what plant species enhance biodiversity in our meadows to provide habitat for pollinators.

Finally, to catch up on all things Stour & Orwell estuary related, then the annual Forum is on Tues 17 July. The free event features updates on the Marine Pioneer programme, Ipswich Tidal Barrier, Harwich Haven heritage project, managing recreational impacts, and from Natural England.

First published in the East Anglian Daily Times on 7 July 2018

By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

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