Riverside Meetings

Riverside Meetings

Working the Tweed is organising 6 Riverside Meetings between August 2013 and February 2014. These will take place  at 6 different locations in the Tweed Catchment and each sessions will explore a different theme related to the Tweed Catchment Management Plan. These range from Habitats and Species to Flood Management and River Works.

The meetings are being tailored for professional creative practitioners living and working in the Tweed Catchment and aim to stimulate discussion and creative responses. However, if you are not a creative practitioner but have a real interest in collaborating with artists or are involved in other river projects, please do apply, as we are keen to develop all kinds of conversations around the themes. 3  places at each meeting are also being reserved at each session for art and science teachers (except the first meeting) to inspire cross curriculum projects.

Riverside Meeting One:        Catchment Theme: Habitat and Species/ More-than-human

River Tweed at Paxton House to Berwick – upon – Tweed  

Saturday August 10th   2pm – 6pm


 ,             The Boathouse     islands

Photos Claire Pencak:    Berwick Harbour, Paxton Boathouse, Mouth of the Tweed

The theme of this meeting is Habitat and Species with an emphasis on the more – than – human

Download a more detailed schedule for the session here.  Riverside Meeting August 10th 2013

We are delighted to have contributions from:

Dr Ronald Campbell, Senior Biologist at the Tweed Foundation, who will be netting that afternoon on the Tweed   www.tweedfoundation.org.uk

Ecologist Melanie Findlay of Findlay Ecology Services www.findlayecologyservices.co.uk

Martha Andrews, curator at Paxton House  www.paxtonhouse.co.uk/

David Thompson skipper of ‘On a Promise’  www.mouthofthetweed.co.uk/

Paxton House are kindly hosting this session.

We will be organising a minibus to pick people up in Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Kelso, Coldstream and Berwick.

Places will be limited to 12 for this session due to the capacity of the boat.

We would welcome your company and involvement and would ask that you complete an application form to be returned by July 30th to tabularasadance@btinternet.com if you wish to be part of this meeting.

Download an application form here.         Riverside Meeting Application Form

Riverside Meeting Two    Catchment Theme:  Flood Management/Re-shaping

Eddleston Water, Peebles    Friday August 30th 9 am – 1pm

Field Drain, Eddleston. Photo Jules HorneMarkers used in re-meandering the Eddleston Water,  Photo Claire PencakScott McColm, Eddleston Water. Photo Jules Horne

Photo   Jules Horne                  Photo   Claire Pencak        Photo Jules Horne

Field drain, Eddlleston            Re-meandering posts       Scott McColm, Eddleston

Eddleston Water is the site of an innovative river restoration and flood management project that is being coordinated by Tweed Forum but which involves a large number of other organisations and agencies.

The project is re-meandering the Eddleston Water, which was previously straightened in the 1800’s.

A huge amount of activity has been going on at the site this summer and this is an opportunity to understand some of the complexity of that work.

The session will include contributions from Hugh Chalmers, Tweed Collaborative Action Co-ordinator at Tweed Forum , Professor Chris Spray, Dundee University and Board Director of Tweed Forum and Working the Tweed artists.

We would welcome your company and involvement and would ask that you complete an application form to be returned by August 20th  to tabularasadance@btinternet.com if you wish to be part of this meeting.  Places will be limited to 15 to keep our impact on the site to a minimum.

Download more details on the session here Eddleston Water Riverside Meeting

Download an application form here Eddleston Water Application Form

We will be organising a minibus to pick people up in Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Inneleithen and Peebles.

Riverside Meeting Three:   Catchment Theme: Tourism/Inspiration

Abbotsford   Tuesday September 17th   1 pm – 5 pm

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Drawing by Kate Foster

Our contributors for this session are Ranger Phillip Munro, Abbotsford Learning Officer Sandra Mackenzie,  Botanist Sarah Eno and Poet Katrina Porteous.

We will look at the theme of Tourism through the idea of visitors of the human and more than human kind, past and present  and as the Tweed Rivers as a source of inspiration for projects past and present.

Download detailed information on the session here. Abbotsford Riverside Meeting

Download an application form here.    Abbotsford Riverside Meeting Application Form

Deadline for application is September 6th.

Much of this session will take place outdoors, so please bring suitable footwear and clothing.

The walking should not be difficult but please get in touch if you have any mobility issues and we will make suitable arrangements.

Riverside Meeting Four   Catchment Theme:  River Works/Flow

Ettrick Water, Philiphaugh    Tuesday October 22nd 9 am – 1 pm

Hydro TurbinesFish TaggingFlowing conversation in the Slitrig, World Listening Day. Photo C.Pencak

Archimedes Screw                  Tagging a salmon                         Flow

Photo: Philiphaugh Estate      Photo:  C.Pencak                             Photo:  C.Pencak

Our contributors for this meeting are

  • Sir Michael Strang Steel who will focus on the river works that have taken place on the Philiphaugh Estate including the recent installation of an Archimedes Screw
  • James Hunt, Biologist at Tweed Foundation who will explain the amazing life cycle of the salmon
  • Working the Tweed artist James Wyness will lead a river listening session at the meeting of he Yarrow and the Ettrick

Download details of the session here.  Philiphaugh Riverside Meeting

Download an application form here. Riverside Meeting Application Form Philiphaugh

Deadline for application is October 14th.

Much of this session will take place outdoors, so please bring suitable footwear and clothing.

The walking should not be difficult but please get in touch if you have any mobility issues and we will make suitable arrangements.

Riverside Meeting Five   Catchment Theme:  Water Quality/Watershed

Megget Dam/St Mary’s Loch    Thursday November 14th  9.30 am – 1.30 pm

We are still confirming contributors to this session but it will include:

  • Derek Robeson, Senior Project Officer, Tweed Forum who facilitates two main policy areas – Scotland’s Land Use Strategy and Natural Flood Management. He will be focusing on uplands land use for this session.
  • An ecologist from SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency)
  • guided tour around the Megget Dam

Download details of the session here.  Megget Dam Riverside Meeting

Download an application form here. Riverside Meeting Application Form Megget

Deadline for application is November 4th

Some of this session will take place outdoors, so please bring suitable footwear and clothing.

The walking should not be difficult but please get in touch if you have any mobility issues and we will make suitable arrangements.

Riverside Meeting Six   Catchment Theme:  Water Resources/ Land Use

The Lees, Coldstream   Tuesday January 21st 2014   10 am – 2 pm

   Land Utilisation Survey of Britain, 1948                          Cattle in the Ale Catchment. Photograph Kate Foster1899 Ordnance Survey, County Boundaries Map

Images for Left to Right: Land Utilisation Survey of Britain 1948; Cattle in the Ale Catchment Photo Kate Foster;1899 Ordnance Survey, County Boundaries Map

This session focuses on mapping the future Scottish Borders through the current Land Use Strategy pilot and the Scottish Borders Cultural Strategy:

Our specialists for this final meeting are:

  • Derek Robeson, Senior Project Officer, Tweed Forum
  • Mary Morrison, Director, Creative Arts Business Network
  • Dr David Welsh, Historian

We will meet in the fishing shiel beside the Temple Pool where the past seasons running total of salmon/grilse catches was 737.There will be hot drinks, cuppa soups and a stove to keep out the January cold.

Download details of the session here: Riverside Meeting,Coldstream

Download an Application Form here: Coldstream Riverside Meeting Application Form

The deadline for applications is January 13th 2014

Thank you to Andrew Douglas Home for the use of the Lees Fishing Shiel.

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