A one-day event aiming to empower communities to deal with flooding, drought and other water issues is being held at Pulborough Village Hall on 19 July 2014, 10am to 4pm.
Communities Matter is running the Water Matters event on behalf of the Arun and Rother Connections Project (ARC).
Experts will be providing information and help with issues of flooding, water resources, improving water quality and clever ways to use water at home and in the community.
Rachel Carless, ARC project manager says, “With the Rivers Arun and Rother on Pulborough’s doorstep, it seemed the perfect place to host the first Water Matters event in West Sussex. There are many ways that people can get involved in their local environment and this event is a fantastic opportunity to find out more and get inspired.”
Nigel Greenwood, Director of Communities Matter says, “ Water is hugely important for us all and whilst much of the news is currently dominated by energy costs it is said that almost 1/3 of energy costs in this country relate to the way we use water. This first Water Matters Event is aimed at getting more people to think about how they can enjoy the rivers and wetlands around Pulborough, how they can cope with flooding, and also contribute to better management of water through how they use this valuable resource in their own homes and gardens.”
There will be information stands and talks about local water topics. There will be time to sit with friends and neighbours at our Water Café and enjoy free drinks and refreshments.
Communities Matter will be circulating a survey to homes in the area in advance of the event to collect your thoughts on water and water use. Please take a few minutes to fill in the survey and return it to Pulborough Village Hall at your earliest convenience.
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For further information please contact:
Nigel Greenwood, Communities Matter 07739 050816
Notes to Editor
Arun and Rother Connections (ARC)
Arun and Rother Connections (ARC) is a landscape-scale project being delivered by a partnership made up of the RSPB, Environment Agency, Sussex Wildlife Trust, South Downs National Park Authority, Natural England, West Sussex County Council and the Arun and Rother Rivers Trust. Following a year of development work the project was awarded over £1.1 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in July 2013 for a three year £2 million programme of work. The ARC project is a major project within the wider Arun and Western Streams catchment. More information about the Arun and Western Streams catchment and all the initiatives happening can be found at www.arunwesternstreams.org.uk/
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
Communities Matter is a community engagement company based in Sussex. Its aim is to engage with communities to help promote and encourage sustainable change and development. www.communitiesmatter.org.uk.
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