Grant freedom of the city of Norwich to the River Wensum via organisations caring for it

Grant freedom of the city of Norwich to the River Wensum via organisations caring for it

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Lucy Galvin started this petition

Through the centre of Norwich runs the River Wensum. Not every city has one of these. We are probably unique. For this is a rare and special chalk stream, nationally important and granted the highest nature designations possible in the UK. With hundreds of kinds of plants and countless wildlife species, it is described in government guidance as ‘probably the best whole river of its type in nature terms’. 

This amazing river flows through our city; protecting us from flooding, providing a natural corridor, cooling our air; a living link with nature and our cultural heritage. Yet it is particularly under threat from abstraction and urbanisation; pollution from sewage, roads, agriculture and industry; and invasive species.  

Norwich city council can recognise the natural and cultural significance of the river, and celebrate its importance by conferring Freedom of the City of Norwich on the River Wensum. This will show how much we value our river and put the city on the map as one which treasures biodiversity. This is a serious point, far beyond lip service. The honour costs little to bestow but is priceless. The council has given freedom of the city to Norwich City Football Club; Norwich Union, RAF Marham and Norfolk Constabulary among others. Now it is time to honour our most precious ecological asset. Indeed it is beyond time that we recognised the natural world and our special river in this way.

We the undersigned call upon Norwich city council to bestow Freedom of the City of Norwich, through the organisations which look after it, on the River Wensum in recognition of the endless service it has done the city.

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