The Blueprint for the Culm will be a long-term (at least 25-year) management plan that guides and informs all investment decisions in the River Culm Catchment.
It is being developed through a collaborative process involving residents, community organisations, businesses and statutory authorities so that it is informed by and has the widest possible support and ownership amongst those affected by its activities and outcomes.
Since June 2020, we have been gathering evidence, discussing ideas and consulting organisations and individuals across the catchment, to build up a picture of how the River Culm is performing. We established several Working Groups and organised a series of Catchment Adaptation Workshops exploring different themes. You can read a summary of the results on our Discover the Culm page.
In recent months we have developed a draft vision for the River Culm we want to see in the year 2050, which is:
We have developed two images that we feel communicate this vision (NB, if you’d like to view these in detail and zoom in, you can download them by clicking on the title above each one:
The first is of the Upper Culm in summer:
The second is of the Culm Floodplain in winter:
Key features of these landscapes to note are:
- more trees in the landscape
- a patchwork of smaller fields and thicker hedgerows
- more land making space for nature
- more local food growing with care for nature
- more ponds and wetlands
- crystal-clear waters
- more access to and along the river
- outdoor activities and learning
- homes built away from the floodplain
- homes built using local, sustainable materials
- space allowed for flooding to happen safely
- beavers helping slow the flow
- more energy generated locally
- green transport solutions
We’re keen to get your thoughts on and responses to these visions. Have we captured the most important features of a landscape that is adapted to climate change and works well with nature to achieve a more resilient ecology and society?
Tell us what you think by completing this Google Form. We’ll display the results of the feedback on this page as we receive it (all data will be anonymous) so you can see what kind of responses are coming in and react to those, so the whole process is transparent.
You can also suggest ways that we can implement the vision, which will feed into our action planning phase. This is running through the summer and autumn of 2021, and we’ll be talking to funders, policy-makers and local communities to explore how we can collectively realise our vision. Please take part – by working together we can make this vision a reality!
Watch a recording of our June Forum event, where we launched the Vision: