AONB Conference
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 l...
Who does what?
 7 charity trustees manage assets and finances
including fundraising. Includes property leases
and searchi...
What have we done?
 River clean up
 Habitat improvements
 Rush harvesting project
 Maintaining and improving pocket pa...
Lots of work to be done
 Keep river clean of litter.
 Reduce high phosphate levels (farms & residents).
 Reduce diffuse...
The essentials of public
engagement
AIDA
Awareness
Interest
Decision
Action
Volunteering
 The “please and thank you” industry
 Localism really matters – we all love our local
community and environ...
And finally…..
 Challenge the incumbent authorities; they are in real
need of community actors right now and Gov policy i...
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Addressing the challenges – tapping the energy of the public - Geoff Doggett, River Waveney Trust, Chairman

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Addressing the challenges – tapping the energy of the public - Geoff Doggett, River Waveney Trust, Chairman

  1. 1. AONB Conference Ipswich 18 July 2013
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. What have we done?  River clean up  Habitat improvements  Rush harvesting project  Maintaining and improving pocket parks with local parishes  Acquired old Otter Trust site – repurposing as River Waveney Study Centre  Started catchment plan for Waveney- the serious stuff!
  5. 5. 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.).  Eel reintroduction.  Better habitats for all esp. inverts and fish.  Educate and inform. And enjoy!
  6. 6. The essentials of public engagement AIDA Awareness Interest Decision Action
  7. 7. Volunteering  The “please and thank you” industry  Localism really matters – we all love our local community and environs  Tell it like it is – honesty & realism  Manage professionally  Appeal to the citizen scientist
  8. 8. And finally…..  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 Enjoy! We do!

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