Stories about drought and heatwaves being sought by project researchers

August 24 2017

RESEARCHERS at the University of the West of England are running a storytelling competition as part of a £3.2 million project to find new ways of dealing with drought.

RESEARCHERS at the University of the West of England are running a storytelling competition as part of a £3.2 million project to find new ways of dealing with drought.

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project was established to provide evidence that will help manage drought in future years by bringing together expert science and local experience.

The winter and spring seasons of 2017 were some of the driest on record across the UK and there are concerns about similar conditions in the future.

A number of river catchment areas across the country are being looked at in detail by the UWE team, including the River Frome in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, as part of the project to find out about different experiences of drought locally and the effects of such conditions on people’s lives.

Project members have already learnt how the Frome ran dry in the 1950s in Chipping Sodbury and how nursery staff in Yate took children down to a cellar to keep them cool during the 1976 heatwave, as well as 12ft-long cracks appearing below houses in Yate in the same year.

The storytelling competition was launched to bring in other examples of the ways drought and heatwaves might affect different sectors of society, from the agriculture and building industries to leisure and tourism, as well as health, the environment and business.

Details of the contest are available by visiting www.dryproject.co.uk but the closing date for entries is August 31.