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Expert flooding panel debate

07 March 2017

Rheged to host expert flooding panel debate on Saturday, March 11.

THE "21st century challenge" of flooding is to be debated by experts at Rheged, near Penrith, this weekend.

The venue is to host a Royal Geographical Society public panel on Saturday (March 11) looking at how communities and agencies can best work together to combat future flood risk.

Claire Logan Stephens, of Rheged, said: "We believe this is a crucial debate to be having and we hope to see many Cumbrians in attendance. Working positively to protect Cumbria from future flood damage is something we can all support, and we hope it will have wider lessons for the rest of the UK."

Dr Rita Gardner, director of the Royal Geographical Society, said: "Flooding is recognised as being one of the most serious issues facing the UK. This event, part of the Society’s 21st Century Challenges series of public discussions, is an opportunity for people in Cumbria to share their local knowledge and expertise, and explore how their experiences might help to provide solutions to living with flood risks at both local and national levels."

As well as the discussion, there will be a chance to see displays and talk to representatives from Cumbria Community Foundation, Friends of the Lake District, Keswick Flood Action Group, Cockermouth Flood Action Group and Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

To book, visit www.rheged.com