River People Tour news

Come along and join us on our next wave of community events! The River People Tour is a series of four events taking place at community venues from source to sea providing opportunities for everyone to celebrate, learn and act for the river and its tributaries.

We start near the source up in Balcombe at the beautiful Victory Hall on Saturday 21st October. We’ll then be at Barcombe Village Hall on 27th January, Malling Community Centre in Lewes on 24th March and finishing at Newhaven quayside at the river’s mouth on 25th May at the Marine Workshops. Pop the dates in your diary!

Events will include stalls, talks, workshops, and cultural activities with something for everyone.

We will focus on our Rights of River work gathering local people’s ideas for the developing Ouse Charter. Our large aerial maps will be out for community river mapping where people can contribute their memories, concerns and hopes for the river. Plus, we are starting to recruit for an exciting new Citizen Science Project to upscale monitoring and testing along the river. 

The tour showcases Ouse initiatives and enthusiasts including: The Ouse and Adur River Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust, a talk by the Anglers on the fish of the Ouse, a talk by South East Water on enhancing catchment resilience, creative writing with Chalk and Stream and more! There will be Ouse arts and crafts for all the family and plenty of tea and cake.

Events are free and accessible for all. Keep an eye on the event webpage for more details. We hope to see you there.

Get involved!

Are you an Ouse expert, enthusiast or part of a local group/organisation? You can still apply to take part in the tour.

Want to do your bit for the river? We have volunteer opportunities to be part of the team. We’re particularly seeking committed volunteers in a special opportunity to be part of delivering our interactive river community mapping activity. All you need is a curiosity, a willingness to learn and interact with all kinds of people who live along the Ouse. There’s lots of flexibility in tasks and rotas. No experience is necessary, just a few hours or muck in for the whole tour!

Get in touch with Tasha for more info on both at info@loveourouse.org.