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