First Water Fair in Lewes will teach visitors about the River Ouse

Water good idea - a fair will be held at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes next to the River Ouse.
Water good idea - a fair will be held at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes next to the River Ouse.

A water fair will be held in Lewes to teach people about flooding, water quality and usage at the Linklater Pavilion on Saturday March 7.

It will feature talks from experts, as well as a chance to learn about the River Ouse catchment area.

The fair is being staged by the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and the Sussex Flow Initiative Project.

Vice chairman of the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust Sam St. Pierre said: “People should find it interesting.

“They should come away with more knowledge about their environment that they are living in and particularly about water, than when they walked in.

“The aim is to get people aware of the flood risk and that we are living in a water distressed area.

“The amount of water we have in South East England is less per head than the population of Jordan.

“We have the lowest rainfall in the whole country and the highest population density.”

The event will bring together organisations working within the Ouse and Adur catchment focused on the water environment, including the Environment Agency, Lewes District Council, East Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park.

Others will include the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve, Southern Water, South East Water and the University of Brighton.

It will give residents the chance to talk to organisations working with water and learn more about plans around Lewes and the River Ouse.

The organisations involved want to learn more about the issues and concerns within the community.

Before the event organisers will deliver 2,500 questionnaires randomly across Lewes and ask that these are returned to drop boxes located in the Linklater Pavilion and Lewes Library.

The results from these questionnaires will be used to inform future project development for the group.

The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust ncouraged everyone to take 15 minutes to fill it in.

If you have not received a questionnaire then the survey is also available online by following this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/lewesevent

By entering your phone number or email address on the questionnaire you will be automatically entered into the free prize draw with a first prize of £50 Marks & Spencers voucher and a second prize of a locally sourced hamper.

There will also be smaller prizes. Winners will be contacted directly using the information provided.

Visit http://oart.org.uk to find out more.