The Test and Itchen rivers rise from the chalk of the Hampshire Downs, and define a unique landscape with distinctive chalk stream habitats and winterbournes (streams which dry up in the summer and reappear during wetter winter months). These are internationally important and home to a rich diversity of wildlife, including otter, water vole, kingfisher, water shrew and white-clawed crayfish.
As well as this, the headwaters support a range of heritage industries, villages and their communities. The area is renowned for its fly-fishing, is central to the UK’s watercress industry and its water mills have supported industries such as the production of paper, corn, silk, and even gin.
However the landscape is at risk from pollution, drought and flooding, invasive species, and our built heritage is falling into disrepair.
A new partnership project, Watercress & Winterbournes, aims to address these issues by together a partnership of communities, organisations, businesses and individuals. Together we will all be working to protect and improve the headwater streams that are the lifeblood of our chalk rivers.
Come along to this meeting to learn more and find out how to become involved:
THURSDAY 5th JULY
7.00pm – 9.00pm
Lady Rose Hall
NOTE: The Project covers seven areas.
One Project area is the Upper Test. Overton, Laverstoke, and Whitchurch are all in this same project area.
|Venue:||Lady Rose Hall, Laverstoke|