Archive for April, 2013

Trout in the Classroom: Rewilding kids and rivers

This time last week, environmental writer-campaigner George Monbiot (personal mottos: Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable and Unreconstructed idealist, professional troublemaker) visited south London’s River Wandle to watch the Wandle Trust’s Trout in the Classroom trout fry release by local urban schoolkids in Morden Hall Park. His feature about the project and its wider implications […]

Film night: Surveying Wincanton’s River Cale

What does the birth of an urban river restoration project look like? In the case of the little River Cale in Wincanton, everything seems to have started with a few beers in somebody’s garage, swiftly followed by a suitable acronym (CATCH: Community Action to Transform Cale Habitat) and one of the Wild Trout Trust’s famous […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 15 April

Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s new landscape classic Silt Road gets reviewed by Caught by the River, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, Vertigo (Reader in the Rucksack), Some Landscapes and the Wandle Piscators (visit Charles’ website for a list of readings on site in High Wycombe and elsewhere…) Now that’s what we call corporate environmental responsibility: Orvis doubles commitment […]

Breaking news: Burnley URES wins HLF funding for urban river restoration and public engagement

Great news just in: the Ribble Rivers Trust’s Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES) in Burnley (which we previously blogged about here and here) has been awarded £674,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Since October 2011, the 18-month development phase of the project, led by Victoria Dewhurst, has already produced a wide range of investigative studies […]

Urban fly-fishing report (angling celebrity edition): Frome and Nailsworth Stream, Stroud

Having just reviewed Trout in Dirty Places in glowing terms for Trout & Salmon magazine this time last year… … Wild Trout Trust vice-president and all-round great angling writer Jon Beer lost little time in grabbing his fishing gear (and his river restorationist fishing pal Vaughan Lewis) to head for urban-fishy water not too far […]

City river reads: Silt Road by Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Over the past few weeks we’ve been enjoying an early preview of Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s forthcoming book Silt Road: The Story of a Lost River (due to be published in a couple of days’ time). Loosely structured as a diary of personal pilgrimages through the history of a Chilterns valley, Silt Road tells how the chair-making boom […]