Love Your Magnificent Severn - Worcester

Wednesday 1st June 2016

River Severn in Worcester (c) Roger BlandfordRiver Severn in Worcester (c) Roger Blandford

A team of ten canoeists will be paddling into Worcester on Wednesday 8th June to highlight the importance of the River Severn for people and wildlife.

The River Severn plays an important role in the lives of over one million people from its source in the Cambrian Mountains through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. The canoe crew consists of staff from Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Tuerena Adventure, Forestry Commission and Shropshire Council, all of whom share the same passion for Britain’s longest river, and the day-long stop in Worcester is being hosted by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

River Severn (c) Steve BloomfieldLuke Neal of Shropshire Wildlife Trust explained “This is an incredible opportunity for us to experience the Severn in all its glory. It is easy to take the Severn for granted yet it plays a key role in the lives of many people, which is something we plan to highlight to communities along the way.”

“The Love Your Magnificent Severn journey, with our traditional carved figurehead of the river goddess Sabrina (the Roman name for the Severn), is all about connections.

“It’s a fun journey with a serious intent; we hope we’ll inspire people to look anew at this magnificent river and how it provides us with food, energy, recreation, transportation routes and water for irrigating and drinking.”

130 mile journey

By the time the team reach Worcester they will have passed through the large towns of Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth before moving onto Tewkesbury and Gloucester Docks on 11th June, where the journey will conclude with a celebratory river show.

The team, along with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, will be running a series of pop-up river events that aim to attract interest in the Severn, provide information about it and celebrate our finest river system.

The events will feature free activities, face painting, river facts as well as offer the chance to meet the crew as they stop off along their 130 mile journey.

Jane Sedgeley-Strachan, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Wild Worcester Project Officer, added “We’re really excited to be joining the Love Your Magnificent Severn crew when they arrive in Worcester.

“Our county’s capital has relied so heavily on the river for so long – from trade and strategy in historic times to leisure and recreation in modern times. And, of course, it’s such an important corridor for many species of wildlife.

“We’re looking forward to meeting lots of people down at the Riverside Park and hope to fill them with the same enthusiasm and passion for our wild waterways that we have. We’d love to inspire people to do their bit to help preserve, protect and enhance not just our Magnificent Severn but all the rivers and streams they come across in their lifetime.”

The team will be paddling into Le Vesinet Riverside Park, opposite The Hive, in Worcester on Wednesday 8th June and their pop-up event will take place between 12 noon and 5pm.

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