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Culm Blueprint2020-07-09T20:48:09+00:00

What is a Blueprint for a river?

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 will be 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.

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The Blueprint will be based on the latest science

We are undertaking detailed scientific research into the health and function of the river.

We have developed a comprehensive “Environmental Evidence Review” for the Culm and this can be downloaded from our Library by clicking the button below. It brings together all the available data for the Culm from a wide range of sources including land use and landscape, water quality, wildlife habitats, soils, flood and drought risk and heritage assets. This information underpins the Blueprint and will help us make the right decisions as we go along.

We’ve also commissioned an advanced flood and drought computer model of the River Culm catchment, which allows us to forecast what the impacts of climate change will be. We can run different scenarios and see how land use changes – like more tree and hedge-planting for example – could make the river more resilient.

Discover the science

An extract from the Environmental Evidence Review, showing water quality data from all the main watercourses in the catchment.

Building a case for investment

Investing in nature generate multiple benefits for many people

Profound changes continue to occur in the policy and funding landscape in which environmental groups operate in the UK. There is now an ever greater need for us to develop a compelling business case for investment in the local environment and we must actively seek opportunities to present this case to the right audiences, in the right places and using the right language required to be successful…

As we begin to build the evidence base for the Blueprint, please complete our survey and tell us about your experience of the Culm .

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What does climate resilience mean, how do we know if we have it and what can we do to make people and nature more resilient?

Watch our webinar on water resilience

Find out how the Blueprint for the Culm will be created and how you can get involved in helping to shape the future of your place.

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Latest Blueprint news…

Find out about all the latest activities that have been happening for the Blueprint

Soils Matter

October 9th, 2020|

A new video from the Westcountry Rivers Trust gives some insights to the importance of soil health, the challenges that different soils pose, and how climate change

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