Wear Rivers Trust

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What is Gaunless REconnected?

Gaunless REconnected builds on previous activity, grouped under the banner: “River Gaunless for People and Wildlife” run in various forms with a range of funders since 2016. Momentum built up from that time up to the lockdown in early 2020 was lost. Gaunless Reconnected will re-establish that momentum through local partnership working. 

What will Gaunless REconnected Deliver?

An interconnected range of objectives:

  • Work toward an improved and pleasing environment for people and wildlife in and around the Gaunless Valley.
  • Work with schools: Inspire the next generation to look after our planet. 
  • Work with Schools: Use nature to support the National Curriculum through the John Muir Award. 
  • Restore and create habitat to retain and attract wildlife.
  • Create practical hands-on volunteering opportunities.
  • Monitor river fly life and fish populations through citizen science.
  • Create citizen training and volunteering opportunities. 
  • Work with farmers to reduce pollution into the river.
  • Partner with local organisations to benefit the local community and environment.

A Local Partnership

The Gaunless Local Management Group operated successfully from 2016, co-ordinating priorities, activity, and funding, but was interrupted by Covid.

Post-Covid, local organisational co-operation is being revived through Gaunless REconnected, with greater flexibility than previously through online and in-person meetings.

Working with Local Partners

Local Partners include:

  • Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP
  • Daisy Arts
  • Environment Agency
  • Gaunless Gateway & Big Local
  • Northumbrian Water
  • The Auckland Project (Binchester Hall Farm)
  • Wear Rivers Trust

For further information on the Gaunless REconnected project please contact the Wear Rivers Trust: Admin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk or 07759261884