Because it's there...



Predictably perhaps, my school form tutor and Geography teacher, Mr. Garnett, was nicknamed Alf - I recall the suppressed adolescent hilarity as he discussed the properties of alfalfa....

.But I better remember a lesson he taught when, twenty-plus years later, our careers crossed again and Chris Garnett, Geography Adviser, came to our school to assist in the planning of a field trip along the Waveney Valley. He pointed out then that the River Waveney is somewhat untypical, as it did not form the valley through which it flows - the Waveney is there because of a valley carved by glacial meltwater...

.Later this month, in his talk Stones and Bones, Tim Holt-Wilson talks about the formation of the landscape we live in. He will 'explore the story archive that is the Waveney Valley - and how those stories were written on the landscape by water'.

Amongst the tales up for telling are:

  • Why is England's second deepest inland body of water in Diss?

  • Was the river ever navigable as far as Scole?

  • Why is there a glaciation period named after Hoxne?

  • Why are there so many gravel pits round here?

  • What effect will global warming have on our watery landscape?

and many more!


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