Community Catchment Groups
From the start, the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme has been community-focused and community-led. The people who live and work along its seven chalk streams are integral to its aims and activities.
When the scheme was being developed, many residents were already passionate about tackling the pressures on their streams. Our work presented a way to support these people, and unite them in pursuit of large-scale change.
To better understand the unique qualities of each stream, and give residents a greater say in their future, we formed seven Community Catchment Groups. Through these groups, the partners were able to join forces with local people in creating Watercress and Winterbournes.
Having been crucial to the scheme's development, our Community Catchment Groups now play a central role in its delivery. Many members also choose to volunteer with us as a Chalk Stream Champion, but you don't have to do so in order to join your local group.
Our seven groups
Each of our Community Catchment Groups is focused on a different chalk stream catchment. We recommend joining the group which covers your local area, but you may want to join another if you have strong ties to that catchment:
- Bourne Rivulet Community Catchment Group
- Candover Brook Community Catchment Group
- Cheriton Stream Community Catchment Group
- Pillhill Brook Community Catchment Group
- River Arle Community Catchment Group
- Upper Anton Community Catchment Group
- Upper Test Community Catchment Group