Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum: 19 June 2014

In partnership with the Manchester and Pennine Canal and River Trust, the Healthy RiverTrust organised an event for over 100 delegates in Manchester on 19th June to focus on water issues in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Following last year's OUTBURST at the Lowry in Salford,and the recent Mersey Flow event at the Stockport Plaza Café, this year's Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum was another unmissable event of 2014:

The event, hosted jointly by the Mersey Rivers Trust and the Canal & River Trust, attracted over 100 delegates. It had something for everyone with an interest in our waterways, their sustainable future and the important role our rivers and canals have in the community. Contributions came from various areas of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Our guests included canal laureate Jo Bell, the Environment Agency's Mark Garrett and CEO of Canal & River Trust Richard Parry. A number of projects highlighted what's happening and gave inspiration for what can be achieved. Opportunities for a number of short "soapboxes" enabled a few delegates to have their say on a variety of interesting topics. In an interactive session, all the delegates were given the opportunity to 'vote' on various questions to inform the Catchment Based Approach of their priorities.

The Forum which was held at the Mechanics Institute, was followed by a guided visit to the Rochdale Canal through the city centre - one of the most "challenging" canal stretches in England.