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November 13, 2019

If you’re looking to deliver an event within the Colchester Borough area of the Stour Valley (as shown on the above map), then check out the ‘Colchester Creative Events Fund 2020-21’. The Council is making available a total of £20,000 to support creative events taking place in the Borough of…

October 9, 2019

Garden Clippings Autumn and harvest time has arrived in SB’s garden, with mixed yields. Apologies for the late posting of this latest edition of Garden Clippings. I’m afraid there will be very few Victoria plum pies this winter as our tree produced only a handful of plums.  Likewise, the greengage…

August 21, 2019

Our blog post today comes from SB writing about August in her idyllic garden on the banks of the River Stour.  This month she tells us of some breeding successes and some sadder outcomes. I write from our study overlooking the millpond.  Looking out of the window I can see a heron standing on one of the semi-submerged branches of the fallen poplar, peering into the water, using his convenient vantage point to hunt from.  We think…

June 21, 2019

We continue our notes from SB’s beautiful garden on the banks of the River Stour. This month there is drama as a youngster gets separated from its mother on the millpond! The seven cygnets hatched at the end of May after what seems to be a lengthy incubation period although…

June 14, 2019

Our blog post today comes from Alex Hewitt, the SVP 25th Anniversary Officer of the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project.  We will be posting more about the Stour Valley Path in coming weeks. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Stour Valley Path, a long-distance walking route that stretches over 60 miles, through Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. It closely follows the River Stour,…

May 30, 2019

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of two Visitor Development Officers for the Stour Valley, Oka Last and Katherine Davies. They will be supporting the promotion of the River Stour Festival and we look forward to working with them. Here they tell us about their new roles. We have recently been recruited to deliver the LEADER funded ‘Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors’ project, and part…

May 12, 2019

Our blog post today continues SB’s observations from her garden on the banks of the River Stour. There is plenty of new life in the garden….but predators are never far away! Garden Clippings I was walking through our vegetable garden when I heard a rustling ahead in the stand of…

May 7, 2019

Today’s blog is written by Jules Pretty OBE. Jules is Patron of the River Stour Festival, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex, and author of the 2017 book, The East Country. He will be giving a talk on ‘Nature and Health: How Green Minds Could Help Save…

April 28, 2019

Our blog post today comes from SB with her Garden Clippings, seasonal observations from her beautiful garden on the banks of the River Stour.  As I write an early morning frost can be seen on the lawn through the window.  We have had one or two cold nights recently and the resulting frosts have damaged newly emerging leaves on our cladrastis lutea…

April 15, 2019

Our blog post today comes from Stuart Bowditch, sound recordist, who recently launched his project Confluent: River of Words. Read about his project and text installations here and be sure to listen to his podcast. Confluent: River of Words Text installation at the Granary Tearoom I am a sound recordist,…