Addressing the challenges – tapping the energy of the public - Geoff Doggett, River Waveney Trust, Chairman
Ipswich 18 July 2013
Who are we?
A charitable trust formed in 2012
Part of Rivers Trust movement
Now 442 members in 5 local groups with local
co-ordinators running local projects
Growing by 20 members a month – soon 500
Who does what?
7 charity trustees manage assets and finances
including fundraising. Includes property leases
and searching for riparian pockets to improve
public access to the Waveney.
Members Association manages projects and
working parties via local groups.
What have we done?
River clean up
Rush harvesting project
Maintaining and improving pocket parks with local
Acquired old Otter Trust site – repurposing as River
Waveney Study Centre
Started catchment plan for Waveney- the serious stuff!
Lots of work to be done
Keep river clean of litter.
Reduce high phosphate levels (farms & residents).
Reduce diffuse pollution (farms and roads).
Eradicate invasive species (flora & fauna).
Improve geomorphology (flows, riffles etc.).
Better habitats for all esp. inverts and fish.
Educate and inform.
The essentials of public
The “please and thank you” industry
Localism really matters – we all love our local
community and environs
Tell it like it is – honesty & realism
Appeal to the citizen scientist
Challenge the incumbent authorities; they are in real
need of community actors right now and Gov policy is
moving in favour of community groups:
Passion and Practicality versus Policy and Process
Use Community Right to Bid legislation (2011)
Become the Eyes & Ears of the locality