In our first online talk members of the project team Dominic Acland and Nick Paling gave a presentation about Connecting the Culm, what it aims to achieve and why it matters.

They were joined by an audience of over 20 people covering the length and breadth of the catchment and the questions and discussion that followed give an insight into the issues that people feel are important.

These included: the need to connect villages along the river with new cycle routes and paths; discussion of how we can best work together with so many groups and interests involved; how water levels are monitored; the role that the mires of the Blackdown Hills play in the river’s health; and how we can measure the impacts of the project.

We also had several offers of help and ideas to follow up, so all in all it was a great start to the process of developing a network of people interested in making the River Culm better for people and wildlife.

You can view a recording of the talk below, and/or look through the presentation.

We’re organising more online events in the coming months so please keep an eye out on the website and sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications.