What a steep learning curve! Although I have been doing community engagement for quite a few years now, starting with the National Trust has been quite an eye opener. In my first two months I have been getting to know more about the Riverlands Project and the Derwent water catchment, and getting to know the National Trust staff. They have so much knowledge and expertise they'll be a great support to my role. I have also been discovering the work of our partners and the fantastic jobs that they are doing. I've been getting to know the area and I've visited Liza Beck, Loweswater, Dunthwaite, Stonycroft, Bowder Stone, Isthmus and Kettlewell. All amazing! I really enjoyed the outstanding Surprise View and Honister Pass. It’s been a fast, fascinating and fantastic start to my new role and I can’t wait to learn and discover more!
Derwent Riverlands - behind the scenes
The river Derwent is a mountain river. It runs from Sprinkling Tarn in the high Lake District fells out to the sea at Workington. On the way it passes through Cumbrian towns and villages, farmland and woodland, peat bogs and dockyards. All of these make up the Derwent 'catchment' - the lands that the river flows through; The Derwent's 'riverlands'
It's home to otters, atlantic salmon and the UK's rarest freshwater fish, the vendace. But it's under pressure from climate change, pollution and man-made alterations to its course.
So, as part of a national programme to improve the health of rivers across England and Wales, we've launched the Derwent Riverlands project.
On this project timeline, we'll be posting regular updates of the work we're doing behind the scenes, so keep checking back in to stay up to date.
20 Jun 19
Introducing engagement officer Kerry Morgan
18 May 19
Community fundraisers run for clean rivers
A group of 20 community fundraisers raised over £1,000 for Derwent Riverlands by taking part in the running, walking and cycling races at Keswick Mountain Festival. Matthew Harvey from Devon, pictured here with the staff team at the National Trust stand, was one of the fundraisers. We love the fact that people from all over the country want to get involved in improving the health of the beautiful river Derwent.