Flooding and farming expertise strengthens local Rivers Trust

A leading light in Cumbria’s fight against flooding and an innovative farm manager from a large local estate have joined the Board of Eden Rivers Trust. Glyn Vaughan, formerly of the Environment Agency, and James Turner, from Brackenburgh Estate, have become the newest Trustees of the Penrith-based river conservation charity.

Glyn spent his career working initially on land drainage schemes, but the majority of his time involved working on the design and construction of many flood alleviation schemes.  The floods in Cumbria of 2005 and 2009 brought particular challenges, and Glyn worked closely with the affected communities and other organisations to help reduce the flood risk.

Glyn moved from Merseyside to Cumbria in 1978 in order to be closer to the fells, lakes, and rivers which allowed him to fully realise his passion for the outdoors.  He is a civil engineer, and has recently retired from the Environment Agency where he was the Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, covering Cumbria and Lancashire.  He lives near Carlisle and is married with two grown up children.

Flooding and farming expertise strengthens local Rivers TrustGlyn said, “I hope to bring my 34 years of experience in working with rivers to the Trust, especially my long held interest in conservation and pursuing solutions to flood risk that involves working with nature rather than against.  The Eden Rivers Trust embodies all that I believe in regarding conservation, innovative land management, and working closely with the local communities.  I therefore look forward to the opportunity to work with others in the Trust to ‘make a difference’ in the Eden catchment.”

James Turner has managed Brackenburgh Home Farms at Calthwaite for the past 25 years.  He has developed and grown the enterprises to include a 200 cow dairy unit, 800 breeding ewes, 750 acres of arable, 50 acres of potatoes and more latterly a 10 year Higher Level Conservation Scheme to restore 800 acres of unmanaged fell ground to Lowland Heath.

James has always had a keen interest in wildlife and conservation and manages his conventional farming enterprises with conservation as a key priority alongside profitable farming.  The River Petteril runs through Brackenburgh Estate where over the past 10 years James has worked closely with Eden Rivers Trust to implement riverside restoration and pollution control measures to improve the health of the river running through the estate.  He has been closely involved with Cumbria FWAG for 20 years, and Chairman for the last five.

James said, “I believe the work of the Trust is invaluable in implementing schemes to improve the ecosystem of the Eden and its tributaries.  I hope my practical experience and track record of successfully managing conservation measures in conjunction with productive farming will be of value to the Trust.”

Glyn and James have joined the Board of Eden Rivers Trust after the retirement of long standing member Ian Gregg.  Ian was one of the founders of the charity and a Trustee for 15 years, including a three year stint as Chairman.  During this time he made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of the River Eden and its tributaries. 

Robert Warburton, the current Chairman of Trustees, said, “Ian provided motivating support, inspirational enthusiasm, and extensive knowledge to further the research, conservation and education work of the Trust.  His involvement will be greatly missed and we would like to record our grateful thanks to Ian for his dedicated work and wonderful friendship.”