A group of enthusiastic Newtown locals have launched the River Severn Custodians, a group concerned with maintaining and improving the condition of the River Severn in our area. A well attended meeting was held on Thursday, 16th of February in the Exchange, Newtown organized by Sue Newham from Keep Wales Tidy. Representative of the Severn Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency participated in this meeting. The Custodians is open to everyone and more have already joined.
Many people have given their time and energy over the years to do litter picks, to drag larger items out of the river and to start to tackle invasive weeds. The River Severn Custodians will initiate and coordinate activities to monitor the river and report back to the Environment Agency and other bodies about specific concerns; to remove litter from the banks and river course; to tackle invasive non-native species; to improve wildlife habitats along the river; to improve access to the river and enjoyment of it, where that does not adversely affect wildlife habitats; and to lobby for improvements to the river environment.
The group was duly constituted and a committee formed, with Peter Harris, chairperson, Kath Wigley, treasurer and Mike Davies, secretary. The first committee will be held on March 1st to set up systems and formulate plans and procedures. This will be followed by a general meeting of members and the start of activities.
Contact RiverSevernCustodians@hotmail.com for more information.
|Kath, Wigley, Peter Harris and Mike Davies- the committee of the Custodians|