Tyne Rivers Trust Press Release

Your River Needs YOU!

For many decades the River Tyne flowed past us, largely ignored and neglected. Suffering the ravages of decades of pollution, it was easy to turn our backs to it and to forget this great asset on our doorstep. Most times of the year a gentle giant, we only sat up and took notice of it when winter storms created the floods that sometimes changed our lives.

Now, the Tyne and its tributaries are on their way back to health and this great river is in the process of being reborn. Already it is attracting wildlife enthusiasts, walkers, fishermen and canoeists. But there are still many issues to be resolved if the river is to achieve its full potential.

The Tyne Rivers Trust is a registered charity (number 1107358) working impartially to promote the health of the River Tyne and its tributaries in partnership with statutory and other bodies.

The Tyne Rivers Trust wants you to have your say in identifying the areas and issues it should concentrate on in the coming years. This will result in an Action Plan for the river and set the agenda for the next 10 years. That’s why the Trust is holding a series of free public meetings around the region over the next few weeks to get people of all interests literally to ‘Put Their Pin in the Map’ and stake their claim to improving the Tyne’s future.

“The Tyne Rivers Trust has conducted a lengthy consultation exercise involving many different interest groups,” says project manager Archie Ruggles-Brise. “However we still have some way to go to finalise and put priorities on the projects we need to tackle. It’s everyone’s river. We want everyone to tell us what they want from a great river like the Tyne and what problems they think need to be addressed.”

The series of five events will kick off in Bellingham (Cheviot Hotel) on February 27 and continue through Haltwhistle (Centre of Britain Hotel), March 6, Hexham March 9, Newcastle & Gateshead (Environment Agency, Tyneside House, Newcastle), March 13, concluding at Ebchester (Raven Country Hotel), Co Durham April 5. Each workshop is free, lasts from 6.30-8.30 pm, and light refreshments will be provided.

COME AND HAVE YOUR SAY!

For further information, or to book your place, please contact the Trust on 01434 611817 or visit its website at www.tyneriverstrust.org or e-mail  a.ruggles-brise@tyneriverstrust.org