The UK River Summit & Festival 2024
10:00 - 18:00 | 21 May 2024 | Morden Hall, South-West London
The UK River Summit & Festival is a new event which embraces a global outlook with a local focus. The event will bring together leading national and local environmentalists, businesses, individuals, brands, and members of the public who share a desire to work towards a more positive future for our rivers.
The UK River Summit & Festival opens a door for the wider public to become an active part of the conversation around river health. With so much information on the topic being spread across the media, this is an opportunity for people to come together and explore the historical, current, and potential issues surrounding water quality, water quantity, and habitat first-hand. Attendees will gain informed knowledge from key environmental stakeholders, be able to ask direct questions, work collaboratively to find solutions, and celebrate our rivers.
DATE & LOCATION:
Tuesday 21st May 2024 at Morden Hall, South-West London
- Event opens at 10:00
- The UK River Summit Panel begins at 10:15
- Lunch at 12:30
- Workshops from 13:30 – 18:00
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING:
- Detailed information can be found on The UK River Summit
- Parking is available at Morden Hall.
- Please review your journey if travelling via local buses or on the Northern Line of the London Underground.
- Tickets must be cancelled two weeks before the event date for a full refund.
- Physical tickets will not be distributed, please have your order confirmation email to hand when arriving at the event.
Speakers include Penny Gane – Head of Practice at Fish Legal, Dr Bella Davies – CEO at South East Rivers Trust, Shaun Leonard – Director at Wild Trout Trust, Jim Murray – Actor and Founder of Activist Anglers, and Dr Jack Hogan – renowned local historian and member of The Wandle Piscators, The Fly Connection & South East Rivers Trust.
Throughout the day, there will be workshops including hands-on outdoor experiences with South East Rivers Trust, Fishing for Schools, and Orvis UK, talks from River Action UK, Angling Trust, Dr Jack Hogan, and more, a textile printing demonstration and display from the Wandle Industrial Museum, film screenings, and an art exhibition with works from artists Jo Minoprio, Julia Manning and Sam Macdonald.
Claire Zambuni, Founder of The River Summit said “Morden Hall, London, situated on the River Wandle, is a fitting venue to host a Summit about the state of our rivers in the U.K, as it is a location which serves as a reminder of how nature, river wildlife, and urban life can peacefully coexist. It is also perfectly positioned as an accessible oasis in a bustling city, meaning we are able to welcome a much wider audience to this event. We invite the public to learn first-hand the issues our rivers are facing and distill our anger to make a positive change.”
Event partners include South East Rivers Trust, Orvis UK, Filson, Fly Fishing for Schools, The Wandle Piscators, The Wandle Industrial Museum, Delivita, and Lakedown Brewing Co.
Dr Bella Davies, co-CEO of South East Rivers Trust said “We are excited to welcome the UK River Summit to the River Wandle in May 2024. The Wandle is an historic chalk stream at the heart of a diverse, vibrant community, and it’s especially poignant for the South East Rivers Trust as this is where we began our work 21 years ago. Since then, we’ve learned that engaging people with river habitats is key to protecting and restoring them. We look forward to supporting the event whole-heartedly.”