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Spotlight - Tony Dean
Source talks to Tony Dean, the regional director for the Environment Agency in the Northwest about how his career has led him to his current position and about his aspirations for the Environment Agency in the future.
Right to Float
Canoeists in the UK can only along paddle legally along 2% of the UK’s waterways. The British Canoe Union (BCU) has been campaigning for years to get increased access to Britain’s rivers and canals but with limited success. Now an 18 mile stretch of the River Mersey between Stockport and Carrington has been opened up to canoeists. Anne Arnold talks to Chris Cleaver, BCU’s voluntary Northwest officer about paddling down the Mersey and the impact he hopes it will have on canoeing in Britain.
Environmental Champion - David Crawshaw
Source talks to David Crawshaw, regional catchment estates manager for United Utilities and this year's winner of the prestigious environmental leadership category at the Northwest Business Environment Awards.
What's It Worth?
A new report titled “The Environmental Economy of England’s Northwest” has been published and has estimated that the region’s environment supports 109,000 jobs and is worth around £2.6 billion to its economy. Jason Teasdale talks to members of the Environment Agency and the NWDA about the findings of this report and discusses how both communities and business can benefit from the environment’s economic potential.
Cheshire’s canals have a rich and varied history and feature some very idiosyncratic elements such as the Anderton Boat Lift that you won’t find on canals in the rest of the country. Although the waterways are no longer used for transporting goods they are by no means unused. Boating holidays are a booming industry and more and more people are choosing to make canal boats their home. Deborah Mulhearn examines the current renaissance of Cheshire’s waterways and explores some of the work being done in the county to improve them further.
Spotlight - Kevin Anderson
Source talks to Dr Kevin Anderson, Research Director at the Tyndell Centre for Climate Change Research about his current role and his aspiration that the Northwest can lead the way in the fight against climate change.
New Model Farming
The Northwest is blessed with beautiful upland habitats that are vital for maintaining biodiversity. However, due to subsidies paid to farmers, our uplands have been shrinking due to over-grazing and un-sustainable land management. Mark Hillsdon looks at the range of benefits open to farmers who enter into agri-environmental schemes and looks at the case study of Whitendale Farm in Lancashire that has become involved in United Utilities Sustainable Catchment Management Plan (SCaMP) aiming to help restore the natural landscape and utilise it as an alternative source of income.
Japanese knotweed - a plant that can grow through concrete and damage the foundations of houses. Giant hogweed - a plant that has sap that burns the skin and leaves wounds that can be aggravated by light up to six years after the initial contact. This may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but non-native invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to the UK's biodiversity. Ciara Leeming investigates some of the countries most dangerous plants and explores the problems associated with their control and eradication.