What is the Blueprint for the Culm?
Creating a 25-year vision for the River Culm and its catchment
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, consult on our vision and begin developing our Action Plan. We initially established several Working Groups and organised a series of Catchment Adaptation Workshops to explore the different themes of the project. You can read a summary of the results on our Discover the Culm page. Throughout, we have taken an inclusive approach to involve local people in the process.
Next, we have developed a vision statement that captures the future we want to create. This is:
“The River Culm will be celebrated as a lifeline that connects people with each other and with nature. Land across the catchment will be managed to protect and enhance the River, whilst sustaining people’s livelihoods. Throughout the seasons and as the climate changes, the River Culm will have space to flow naturally and safely. The water will run clear, wildlife will flourish, and people will easily access and enjoy all of these benefits”
Last year we drafted the key actions needed to realise this vision. We shared these at our Forum on 17 November 2021 – you can watch the recording here and you can read more about the Action Plan themes and priority actions here.
Since then we have been scoping out “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) targets that we can use to drive and monitor these actions, working with agencies and funders to see how these align with their own priorities. We are sharing these at our next Forum on 17 November 2022!
The image below (produced by local artist Richard Carman) shows how the landscape could change to realise this vision. Drag the bar across from right to left to travel from the present day to 2050.