Eden Rivers Trust’s Supporters’ Day

Date: Saturday 18 May, 9.30am-5pm Melmerby Village Hall FREE EVENT

Interested in finding out more about the conservation work we do to improve and protect Eden’s rivers for the benefit of people and wildlife?

Then come along to our Supporters’ Day, a day of talks and activities celebrating our busy and successful year working towards a Healthy Eden for All (our five-year strategic plan for the Eden catchment).

All are welcome, whether you’re an ERT volunteer, partner organisation, Eden resident, or simply love Eden’s rivers.



Hear from ERT staff about the highlights of the past year and take a look at what’s to come in 2019. There will also be the chance to put your questions to our staff and trustees in our ‘open forum’ session.

As part of the morning talks programme, we’re delighted to welcome guest speaker, Derek Gow, to talk about his rewilding experiences.

The presentation of the inaugural Ploughlands Legacy Award will take also place. Nominations for this award are now open for an individual or a group, whose actions have contributed significantly to the conservation of the rivers and lakes of the River Eden catchment. More information on how to nominate >>



Buffet provided by Katy Edgar.



After lunch, you will have the opportunity to visit some of our project sites with ERT staff and learn more about our work. Choose from one of four activities:

  • Water, Woodlands and Walls– A look at diffuse pollution control and Natural Flood Management (visit to our project site at Gamblesby)
  • Barriers and Habitat Restoration– A look at the issues around barrier removal for flood alleviation and fish passage as well as small scale river habitat restoration.
  • Local River Walk – Demonstrating how Eden Rivers Trust is putting rivers into the national Walking for Health Scheme with our Eden River Rambles programme. Easy walking, no longer than an hour – there may be stiles and mud!
  • Stream Dipping– Have a close-up look at the invertebrates and fish fry in Melmerby village beck.
  • Eden’s new catchment planand/or Riverfly Investigations (Indoor sessions in the village hall)

The day will be rounded off with afternoon tea provided by The Old Village Bakery in Melmerby  – with plenty time to chat to staff and fellow supporters and guests of ERT.

Book your ticket now

FREE ticket includes:

  • Morning talks programme
  • Lunch
  • One activity in the afternoon (choose the activity you would like to do when booking your tickets)
  • Afternoon tea

Bookings close Friday 26 April.

If you have any queries about booking tickets, please contact us on 01768 866788.

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Introducing Derek Gow

Derek Gow is a farmer, ecologist and reintroductions specialist who works on rewilding from a species perspective. He is a specialist in water vole mitigation, breeding and reintroduction; and has also been involved in some beaver reintroductions. He has recently decided to re-wild 120 acres of his own farm, with plans to introduce feral cattle, pigs and ponies “in an effort to provide a tangible example of how without significant issue a landscape can be reshaped to become one which balances my own interests with the critical needs of wildlife as well”.

Find out more about Derek at http://www.watervoles.com/