Publication dateNovember 2007
Mersey People: The Campaigner
The Mersey and its people – for hundreds of years it has been impossible to say which influences the other most. Without the river there would have been no port, no merchants, no ferries, no shipbuilding. Many of the towns and cities that were the cradle of the industrial revolution wouldn’t exist, and countless lives defined by their relationship to the water would have been lived differently.
But the river, too, has been shaped by its people. Dredged, bridged and canalised, its natural flow has been changed to better serve us. It has been polluted by industry, and revived by a clean-up campaign that is the envy of the world.
With the Mersey in the midst of a renaissance, many 21st century lives are still entwined with it, whether for employment, recreation or inspiration. From ferrymen to cabinet ministers, policement to anglers, their stories tell the tale of the Mersey, the river that changed the world.
For more information visit: http://www.riverthatchangedtheworld.com/mersey
In this episode, Peter Clarke, a local publican who has campaigned for the restoration of the iron bridge over the River Goyt in Brabyns Park, Marple, talks about his campaign and his love for the river.
Publication dateSeptember 2003
Spotlight - Peter Batey
Source talks to Professor Peter Batey of the University of Liverpool (later to become Chair of the Mersey Basin Campaign) about his involvement with the Mersey Estuary Management Plan, and the newly-formed Mersey Waterfront Regional Park.
Publication dateJune 2005
German for Inspiration
Emscher Park in the Ruhr in Germany is one of the world’s largest regional parks and a shining example of what can be done to regenerate an area suffering from post-industrial dereliction and decline. Now the idea of regional parks has come to the Northwest with Mersey Waterfront and East Lancashire regional parks already well established. Kevin Gopal looks at the sort of environmental and economic benefits that regional parks can have on an area and explores the plans for further parks to be established across the region.
Publication dateDecember 2006
Environmental Champion - Ailsa Holmes
Source talks to Ailsa Holmes of Friends of Platt Fields about the group's recent win at the Unilever Dragonfly Awards. She discusses how the group formed and the range of volunteering activities that the group organises around the park.
Publication dateJune 2007
Walking on Water
Source introduces five waterside walks covering natural beauty spots in Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The guide gives tips on where to start your ramble as well as highlighting the sort of natural delights you will expect to find when you follow the trails.
Publication dateJanuary 2008
People often cry out for more green spaces in out towns and cities, but with associated maintenance costs and health and safety issues, new green spaces are not often seen as a viable option. Phil Griffin poses the idea that new public spaces need not be green as long as the space, whatever it may be, is properly conceived, used and well maintained.
Publication dateJune 2008
Case Notes - Ghostriders in the Park
Tipkinder Park in Crewe has been blessed with a new skate park and 300m BMX track. The park's previous bike track was the local haunt of the Cheshire Ghostriders Bike Club and produced the first UK Olympic BMX qualifier, Shanaze Reade. It is hoped the new track will create more opportunities for people to become engaged in the sport and help nurture Olympians of the future.
Publication dateSeptember 2008
Morecambe Bay Expert Group - final report
A report on the Morecambe Bay Expert Group event in September 2008. A range of regeneration, design and environmental experts visited Morecambe Bay in order to pick out key points and projects that could be used to promote the idea of a regional park for Morecambe Bay and Duddon.
The experts were:
Kate Willard, Facilitator (rural, Cumbrian issues)
Simon, Bedford Drivers Jonas (property, regeneration)
Anthony Benson, Urban Practitioners (urban design, planning)
Ian Banks, Atoll (arts, cultural heritage and architecture)
Walter Menzies, Mersey Basin Campaign (water, sustainability)
Also attending were:
Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Sarah Heyes, RPX Manager
The report summarises the findings of the group.
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