landowners’ workshop 11 March 2020

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The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme

We organised a workshop 11 March 2020 at the start of the Healing Waters project, to bring together local landowners, land managers and local authorities with members of landowner organisation VSG, local swimmers and those managing the project to share advice on outdoor swimming and visitor safety.

The day was organised by the project and the team running The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund), and the Visitor Safety Group.

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The aim was to share useful advice and information, introduce the project, look at issues from the point of view of landowners and from swimmers, and see how the project might be able to bring us all together to work for positive outcomes around outdoor swimming and safety.

It was for landowners or managers with rivers or water where people swim or might swim or do other recreation. If you are interested to hear more about involvement in the project (or you know anyone who is), please contact me. (This Page on Landowner liability and swimmers and this Post on Drowning Prevention might be useful.)

Landowners and other participants marked places on the Brecks map where they owned or managed land and where they have swum.

You can download a talk on the project 11 March 2020 (Word.doc, 2 pages), and download a report of the day (Word.doc 4 pages), which also includes more information on workshop organisers and speakers, and a list of resources and guidance.

The project is part of a wider set of projects, The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Outdoor discussion led Dave Liddy, 11 Mar 2020. Photo by Nick Dickson, BFER scheme manager


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