Stuart Downward of Kingston University’s School of Earth Sciences and Geography is embarking on a

mission to restore lost rivers to their communities – and to emphasise the importance of rivers to people and places.

Over the years, many rivers have been swallowed up by urban encroachment. Councils have buried them underground, culverted them in concrete channels or simply allowed them to become overhung, polluted or dangerous. Downward says this has been a mistake – and he is out to prove it. Working with the Environment Agency and local councils, he is using his expertise to help urban communities ...


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