Tales from the Riverbank

Tales from the Riverbank

Fly fishing © Rob Jordan/2020VISION

For centuries our local chalk streams have been a source of inspiration for residents and visitors alike. Many have expressed their interactions with the landscape through creativity, while others are still waiting for their stories to be told.

These special places have caught the imagination of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, and been immortalised in acclaimed novels like The Water Babies and Watership Down. The unique qualities of the streams have been captured in visual form by artists and cherished in the memories of those who live alongside them.

Tales from the Riverbank is a project dedicated to showcasing and continuing this rich creative tradition through literature, photography, and storytelling. It forms part of the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme, which is caring for and celebrating seven local chalk streams.

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Girl taking photo with smartphone © MNStudio

Girl taking photo with smartphone © MNStudio

Photography Competition

In 2021, our Tales from the Riverbank Photography Competition asked Hampshire residents to capture the magic of the Test and Itchen headwaters. The resulting entries were amazingly creative, and show the streams in all their glory. You can see the winning entries online, or enjoy them alongside other fantastic entries in local exhibitions.

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