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Richmond Climate Week: Rewilding in Heritage Landscapes

  • November 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Free
  • Habitats & Heritage event

By its very nature, the Arcadian Thames should be resilient to flooding, however, previous land use decisions have seen much of the wildness of the floodplain lost through historic modifications. As a result, the floodplain’s capacity to function during a flood has been greatly reduced. At the same time, public perception towards the purpose of ‘floodplain’ has shifted as spaces that were historically regarded as ‘wet’ were increasingly managed as ‘dry’ environments. To a large extent, the loss of the natural floodplain has not been a problem, climate Change however, has altered the balance. The river is reclaiming its lost floodplain back; putting cherished landscapes, recreational opportunities, heritage and wildlife at threat as flood risk increases. The purpose of the floodplain and our relationship with it needs to be revisited.

Rewilding Arcadia is a new project of the Thames Landscape Strategy to deliver and explain a series of nature-based flood risk management projects designed to restore the lost floodplain. By adopting this approach, water, people, heritage and wildlife can be re-connected with the natural cycles of the Thames – whether in normal times, during a flood or a drought.

Jason’s talk will introduce this exciting new project, exploring how Rewilding Arcadia will attempt to achieve multiple landscape benefits, for the long-term, to ensure that local communities, businesses, landowners, agencies and river users are fully engaged with flood risk management policy and solutions. In this way, flood risk can be understood and the historic and cultural associations that characterise the Arcadian Thames conserved.

We want to make all of our climate events as inclusive as possible so please do get in touch if there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible to everyone.

This event is part of Richmond Climate week, a delivered in partnership by London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Habitats & Heritage. Find out more about Richmond Climate week and other events running as part of the week here.

As part of London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames’ commitment to taking positive climate action they are teaming up with partners at Habitats and Heritage to deliver a weeklong programme of practical activities, talks, and educational events during Richmond Climate Week. These events will run from 1 to 7 November 2021.

Their aim is that Richmond Climate Week will help our residents, businesses and communities learn about climate change, understand what can be done to help prevent it and to inspire everyone to take action.

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