What has been very exciting in the last month or so is that we are now in contact with a growing number of like-minded groups in the wider area. With all these groups working together, momentum is growing fast regarding the necessity to protect our valuable rivers. To that end the Chalk Aquifer Alliance has been formed. Unfortunately, their first meeting, planned for 17 March, had to be postponed.
One or more of the FORQ executive members were also going to a meeting of the Friends of the River Shep, which had been scheduled for April; again, this was postponed.
It is fantastic to see that there are so many groups out there similar to FORQ. We are sure that by working together we will not only learn from each other’s experiences but also really apply pressure where needed to protect all the rivers.
FORQ was also present at the meeting held between Buntingford Town Council, Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Affinity Water and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The meeting covered a wide range of topics that affect the rivers. It is hoped that regular meetings can be held between these parties so that we can work together to provide the water that we all need and improve the rivers at the same time.
We are monitoring the Government’s guidelines on social distancing and therefore took the decision to cancel our spring meeting, which had been planned for 20 April in the Thundridge area. We are hopeful that the summer meeting will go ahead but so far, no date has been set. Please refer to the FORQ website for updates on this and other matters. We will, of course, also send out information on the meeting to our newsletter subscribers. To join our mailing list please sign up via the website.
Pauline Ayres, Communications FORQ