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Festival dives into subject of waterways; TWO-DAY EVENT WILL FEATURE EXPERTS IN CLIMATE CHANGE, FORENSICS AND WILDLIFE.

Byline: MATTHEW SMITH editorial@examiner.co.uk @Examiner

AN event celebrating the district's waterways will come to the University of Huddersfield this month.

The Our Holme festival is the culmination of a year-long community project by River Holme Connections, and will feature talks from experts as well as activities for local schoolchildren.

In that time, the group has helped improve the local river environment with work including clearing litter and controlling invasive species.

The festival runs on October 22 and 23, with the first day open to the public for talks from experts in the field, with the following day involving visits from local schools. It takes place in the Learning Centre in Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield.

On the second day, talks will cover everything from climate change, wildlife and even police forensics.

One of those speakers include Prof Carolyn Roberts, who will be delivering a talk on how bodies found in rivers can be traced by the police, with the programme promising a look into the "fascinating and sometimes macabre world of forensic hydrology."

Other speakers include Dr Paul Gaskell who will speak on the practical actions the public can take to improve our rivers for wildlife, and Rob Casey has a "no-holds barred look" at the impact of plastic waste on our waterways. The following day will see Year 5 students from local schools visit the university to take part in river-related educational activities.

Lynva (CORRECT) Russell, a trustee of River Holme Connections, said: "Educating communities, and especially young people who spend significantly less time outdoors than their parents did in childhood, is vital.

"Through education, we want to give young people a lifelong love of the outdoors and encourage them to become the future custodians of our rivers."

All talks are free to attend but, due to demand, tickets will need to be obtained in advance. Tickets are available from Eventbrite, with more information on River Holme Connections available on www.riverholmeconnections.org

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2019
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