We are delighted that the Severn Estuary Partnership reached its 25th Anniversary last year in 2020. Despite the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on activities, we have enjoyed looking back at the past 25 years, reaching out to past members and chairs of the Partnership, and thinking about next 25 years of SEP! As part of these celebrations, the Severn Estuary Forum 2021 programme showcases an exciting range of speakers representing the projects and research happening across the Estuary, and we are excited to welcome many of you.
Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset Delivery & Expansion Project
Our flagship project, Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, has definitely been one of our 2020 success stories! With an award of additional funding, the team have been working hard to continue to engage communities in campaigns and activities designed to reduce marine and beach litter and protect bathing water quality in Somerset. Of course, Covid-19 had an impact on our ability to deliver this –the team adapted to online working, keeping our communities engaged and delivering new campaigns throughout the year, including featuring on This Morning in February! SEP would like to thank Emily Wordley and Tanya Cox for their amazing contribution to the project. Tanya had been with us since 2017 and has now go on to a new position with Flora and Fauna International – huge thanks to Tanya for all of her work on the LFCSS project during her time with us! We are also incredibly grateful to Emily, who joined us just weeks before the lockdown restrictions were implemented in 2020 and despite the challenges of getting to know a new team, and community stakeholders in a completely virtual format, Emily continued the fantastic activities of the LFCSS project, including curating our wonderful celebratory SEP film! Emily has now gone on to further her academic studies, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish her well!
Celebrating 25 years of SEP
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we commissioned this incredible illustrated map of the Severn Estuary created by Bev Lewis. It highlights all the unique elements of the estuary which make up such a diverse and special landscape.