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April 27, 2020 by admin
I’ve now been working at home for over a month due to COVID 19 and the lockdown. While I am getting used to the new routines, and I’ve been counting my blessings in my situation (I am so thankful for my garden), I am definitely missing being able to get out and about to visit nature reserves and waterways in the Transforming the Trent Valley landscape. I find myself describing my favourite sites to other people during conversation, and I’m looking forward to going back out to see how different they look!
I only started working in the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme in June 2019, so have no previous knowledge or memories about how the landscape once looked before much of the development in recent years. We hope that through the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape scheme, we will be able to see noticeable positive change in some of the wild areas we are working in, with an increase in biodiversity and more people using and caring for the green spaces.
To really see the impact we are making, we would also like to learn more about how the landscape used to look in times gone by and how people engaged with the rivers and their floodplains.
To build a bank of memories and stories, we are asking you for help – we want to hear your stories, experiences and reminiscences!
This is your chance to have a go at some creative writing, and let us know about your lived experiences of the landscape. This could take any form – poetry, a short story, an interview, written or filmed pieces, spoken word, pictures, “stream of consciousness”, haikus, photos… the more creative the better!
Some prompts to get you started…
Here’s my haiku*
The river flows by
Sunlight glittering like stars
Warm glow on my skin
With your permission, we may use your Tales of the Riverbank throughout our scheme for interpretation panels, films and documentaries, and we will make sure we credit you when we use it.
Send us your contributions via email to Nicola Lynes, Community Engagement Officer
e: email@example.com or via our social media channels @TheTrentValley.
*Did you know that a haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry consisting of three phrases, and is typically characterized by three qualities:
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