Friday 6th October, 2023, 7 - 8:30pm, Kendal Town Hall

Join us for the Friends of the Lake District’s annual Kirby Lecture, which this year is a panel discussion on water health.

Friends of the Lake District is thrilled to be hosting a constructive discussion on the next steps to take to improve water quality throughout Cumbria.

How do we see our rivers and lakes in the future?  What do we want? In an ideal world, what would be the blueprint for a system to deliver 100% freshwater purity?

Join us in the Assembly Room at Kendal Town Hall on the evening of 6th October to hear what a range of experts think on this important issue.

Tickets are free, and donations are welcome. Please book your ticket in advance, via our events page.

The event will begin with an introduction by the Chairman – Friends of the Lake District Chief Executive, Michael Hill.  Followed by an overview from Vikki Salas of West Cumbria Rivers Trust and Lynsey Harper of Freshwater Biological Association, on the current state of Cumbria’s water, the science, and their vision for the future.

Then, each of the panellists will talk about their area of work, and explain their ideal-world blueprint for a system to deliver 100% freshwater purity.

Image above: John Macfarlane

The panellists are: Simon Holding, United Utilities Wastewater Area Business Manager; Paul Usher, Technical Manager at Hutchinson Environmental Solutions; and James Turner, Farm Manager at Brackenburgh Home Farms.

Finally, there will be a 30 min question and answer session. Questions from the audience can be submitted in advance, to [email protected]

The Panellists:

Audience places must be booked in advance.  Visit for more information.