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Hadrian Cook: Floodplain modification – what can be learned from history?

01/12/2020 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The form and function of Floodplains across England have not come down to us by chance, they are the outcome of centuries of modifications by humans. This talk is about the formation and operation of floodplain meadows, reclaimed marshlands and floated watermeadows. It is concluded that these semi-natural habitats provide an invaluable opportunity for ecosystem services and sustainable management and should be maintained at all costs.

Dr Hadrian Cook teaches and writes on environmental science, environmental policy and landscape history. He has served on the full-time academic staff of the University of London, at Wye College and Imperial College, and until recently was on the staff of Kingston University. He has also worked for the Harnham Water Meadows Trust in Salisbury and was an independent environmental consultant specialising in river catchment management.

Presently, Hadrian is a tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association, delivering courses at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum and at Sarum College, teaching landscape history, local history, geology and environmental social science. He collaborates with tutors in the humanities and in archaeology and is a Trustee for the Harnham Water Meadows Trust, Salisbury working also as their ‘drowner’.


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19:00 - 20:00