WATER: HAMPSTEAD NORREYS, BERKSHIRE

All the posts from yesterday were the ones that I prepared for the exhibition in Wye on September 15th 2012. Now it is November and there’s been a lot of feedback and a bit of progress since then – which I hope to document in this blog.

One of the most immediate bits of feedback came from Gillian, who lives up the street from me but who I hadn’t even met before she gave me this feedback. “Very good,” she said (thanks Gillian), “But you missed out water..”

She’s right. You can’t write about sustainability without writing about water. Besides, up until the middle of the last century, there was a public well in the village (midway between my house and Gillian’s.) And several wells in people’s gardens.

All of these fell into disuse when water arrived (as if by magic) through the tap.

Renovating the old public well in the village would take some doing. And what would we use the water for? Other villages, like Hampstead Norreys in Berkshire, have fabulous old well houses which they are renovating (together with the well) in order to preserve a vital part of village history.

Sadly our public well was bricked over. Others were contaminated when people filled them up with old washing machines and suchlike.

But we sit on an aquifer which was one of the reasons why the land is so fertile around here and why people settled here thousands of years ago. And we are also experiencing water shortages here in Kent.

So maybe we need to sink some modern wells (boreholes) to help local farmers?

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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