The beautiful River Lugg stretches 63 miles from its source in Radnorshire, flowing through north Herefordshire to join the Wye. Originally Afon Llugwy in Welsh, meaning “bright stream”, the Lugg is sadly now in worsening health like the ailing River Wye.
Leominster’s mayor, Green Party councillor Trish Marsh, has chosen CPRE Herefordshire as her mayoral charity for the year. CPRE are hosting an evening of information and debate at Grange Court as part of the Save the Lugg event in Leominster on the 8th July from 6.30 – 9.00pm where reasons and solutions for the present state of the river will be explored. This will be the final part of a day of Save the Lugg events on Friday 8th July highlighting Leominster’s local river.
The first speaker will be Helen Stace, outgoing Chief Executive of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. She’ll be explaining why the health of our rivers is so important. Penelope Gane, lead solicitor for Fish Legal, will then focus on how to make polluters pay. Following on, Dr. Alison Caffyn of Cardiff University will describe how the numbers of intensive poultry sheds are rocketing with severe impacts on pollution levels. These industrial scale units are a far cry from the traditional image of hens scratching round happily in the farmyard. Finally CPRE’s very own Andrew McRobb will talk about their team of citizen scientist volunteers. These wonderful folk are getting out there come rain or shine to do the crucial work of regularly testing pollutant levels. A recent Environment Agency report on the River Wye has stressed what an important contribution they’re making.
The speakers will then answer your questions, you’ll have a chance to air your comments and suggestions and discuss action.
There is public parking close to all events at Etnam Street Car Park (HR6 8AE) – free from 6pm. All the events are free but we will welcome donations to the mayoral charity. Refreshments will be available at a pay bar.
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