City Forum: The Ouse Burn Way

6 – 7.30pm

Farrell Centre

In response to the current display in Farrell Centre's Urban Rooms, December’s City Forum will explore The Ouse Burn Way.

The Ouse Burn Way is a proposal that the Reece Foundation have initiated, realised with Ryder Architecture, in response to the foundation’s interest in the environmental conditions of the Ouse Burn and the river Letch.

The Ouse Burn Way is a proposed seven-mile trail that will connect communities with nature. It follows the Ouse Burn from its mouth at the River Tyne in the Lower Ouseburn Valley to Weetslade Country Park and beyond.

The Reece Foundation have worked closely with Newcastle University to deliver a study of both rivers. In response, the foundation, together with Ryder Architecture have created an aspirational programme that looks to improve the current degradation of these environments as well as creating an accessible corridor strategy with positive community opportunities.

This City Forum will provide and opportunity to highlight and discuss the atcions needed to enact the proposal. The Reece Foundation are keen to hear our thoughts on the proposal, like all City Forum events, the discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.


Lorna Burn, Farrell Centre Curator
Lorna is a Farrell Centre curator who worked with the Reece Foundation to curate and develop The Ouse Burn Way proposal for the display in our Urban Rooms. Lorna will chair this City Forum Discussion.

Eric Morgan, Reece Foundation Trustee
Eric has been a trustee of the Foundation its inception. He is former senior partner of Sanderson Townend & Gilbert, Chartered Surveyors, a former chairman of Wm Leech investment and Foundation, a non-executive director of Hoults Estates and a Trustee of Azure Charitable Trust. He has a particular interest in the recent history of the economic development of the Northeast of England

Professor David Werner, Newcastle University
Dr David Werner is Professor of Environmental Systems Modelling at Newcastle University and worked with the Reece Foundation to analyses the river water quality of the Ouseburn Way . His research group is developing innovative methods to rapidly survey, map, and communicate waterborne hazards. This includes the development of an innovative suitcase laboratory for molecular microbiology, and the use of environmental DNA for faecal pollution source attribution and quantitative microbial risk assessment. He works with academic, charity, and industry partners in the UK, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Brazil, India, Nepal, and Thailand.

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7 December 2023


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