Inaugural Vitacress Conservation Trust Annual Environmental Lecture

On 27 March 2007, the University of Southampton hosted the inaugural Vitacress Conservation Trust annual environmental lecture. We were delighted to secure a high profile speaker – Helen Philips, Chief Executive of Natural England – whose lecture was entitled “Chalk Rivers: A World Class Environment”. An audience of over 200 delegates heard Helen speak about the biodiversity and wildlife of chalk rivers in the UK, the role Natural England is playing in helping to conserve and protect these important habitats and the work being undertaken in conjunction with the watercress industry, which is mainly centred on the headwaters of chalk rivers in the south, to draw-up an operational code of practice.

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