Our Environmental Stories: Bob Carrick
Now it’s Bob Carrick’s turn to share his entry for this term’s singer stories. This is where we find some amazing links between our Green Heart Army and the theme of our show. Two shows of ‘Emergency Planet Earth’, will be performed on Saturday 21st March at the People’s Theatre. This is going to be such an exciting show, so make sure your friends and family don’t miss out!
Here’s Bob’s working background and his interesting connection to our show…
“The current level of flooding in the country reminds me of work I was involved in as a Project Manager at the Environment Agency.
I have a strong interest in the influencing and persuading others to undertake and take responsibility for their own community. This was most evident at Great Ayton where I managed to persuade the Parish Council that they could manage a project to deliver individual property protection to 22 properties. They did this with great success.
The wider aims of the project were to reduce flood risk to property. This was further enhanced by a partnership I developed with the North York Moors National Park Authority. The six apprentices engaged with our support to assist in the installation of natural flood management interventions or rewinding as it’s now called. This project was at that time (2015) Highly Commended in the National Project Excellence Awards in the communications and innovation category.
I am holder of the Regional Customer Care Award for work on the Great Ayton ‘Slow the Flow’ project. Current flooding has raised this issue again of rewinding upstream of villages and communities. This is because the process of building solid concrete defences is unsustainable, environmentally and financially.“