Studying the paperwork on existing projects (and having met a number of the staunch activists involved in these things) set me thinking about the personal qualities required to take on urban habitat restoration. The moniker "unsung heros" about hits the nail on the head I think. Making things happen by shear force of will, personality and persistence takes a very special (and rare) breed. It can be especially hard when none of your immediate peers are able to offer advice and practical support - simply because you are in uncharted territory with very little precedent for guidance. That's why the WTT thought that it could be helpful to get the key people from all the Trout in The Town projects across the UK together for a workshop social event. Advice and lessons learned from bitter experience will be shared/commiserated along with encouragement from those seasoned campaigners who have overcome obstacles that others are still to face. Make no mistake, these projects all come under the category "marathon" rather than "sprint". A little booze-fuelled refreshment stop/group therapy session along the way might just help to keep a spring in the step of our urban green space heroes and heroines. More details will follow when this concept is fleshed out fully.
Pictured is the post-industrial River Goyt (Andrew Parker's baby) at New Mills near Stockport - a tributary of the river Mersey. Another of the many precious streams we hope to safeguard and see go from strength to strength under local stakeholder stewardship.