Save the Heart of Kendal
For over two years I’ve been part of Save the Heart of Kendal lobbying and fighting for environmental justice for the town’s riparian ecosystems. Over 550 mature riverside trees are being cut down to make way for concrete walls as part of the Envoronment Agency’s Kendal Flood Amelioration Scheme. The scheme is in abject disarray – and the EA are riding roughshod over the highest level of protection possible – the Kent is a SSSI and Special Area of Protection. We regularly see otters in the river in town, kingfishers and there’s a sand martin colony upstream. All of them will dissappear. We are NOT saying no to flood defences – but that releasing massive amounts of CO2 into the atmoshphere in building concrete flood walls is not the answer. Both the EA and local MP Tim Farron have said that the walls will not protect the town from another Storm Desmond. Out of a £72 million budget, a mere 1% has been directed towards Natural Flood Management. This is a national and ecological discgrace.
On a lighter note, 19th to 28th February 2021 sees the online Kendal Poetry Festival. Full programme here As part of this I’m reading with Brewery Poets Afternoon Tea – alongside poetry friends Mark Carson, Caroline Gillfillan, Kerry Derbishire, Po Yarwood and Amelia Louli. You’ll need to bring your own scones and jam but sit back and enjoy the programme! Here’s a link to Wayleave Press where you can purchase copies of my pamplhlet, Self Portrait as Ornithologist.