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Our Stour is a community project all about enjoying and improving the rivers and streams of the Stour Valley.

The project is bringing real benefits to local people, river environments and wildlife, in and around Ashford, Canterbury, Sandwich, Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Volunteers in the project are getting involved in hands-on conservation, working to improve habitats and looking after riverside land. There are opportunities for training towards new skills. Film making activties are helping people discover and tell others about the waterways on their doorstep, and there are free educational activities for schools and community groups.

river scene at Godmershap with weeping willows
volunteer pulling large himalayan balsam
children with nets ready for river dipping
river scene of Great Stoiur in video camera viewfinder
Swalecliffe Brook with wildflowers on banks
Water vole

Our Stour is made up of six programmes:

Play an important role in improving your local river, by becoming a volunteer River Warden. You’ll be given your own stretch of river to look after.
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The AquaLab is a mobile outdoor classroom. Schools and community groups are using it for fun educational activities with expert tuition.
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Get hands on with conservation that makes a real difference! Take part in regular workdays improving river habitats .
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Farmers and other landowners are vital to the project. We are providing workshops advising them on land management to protect rivers.
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A programme of community events and guided walks involving film, photography and rivers. This programme has now ended.
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An exciting community project where young people and adults used film-making to explore the rivers on their doorstep. This programme has now ended.
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Our Stour is three year project, and will end in April 2020. We are working on a legacy to keep the good work going in the long-term.

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The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional contributions from Kent County Council, Environment Agency, Southern Water, Affinity Water, Ashford Borough Council and Canterbury City Council.

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