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Where the Waters Meet 2018-9
exploring the natural heritage of the river Till and the Milfield Plain
In collaboration with photographic artist Jose Snook.
Heading towards Wooler on the Chatton Road, after the long Fowberry straight, you round the bend at Clavering and a wonderful scene opens up before you. You’re high up above the river Till as it breaks through the narrow gap in the sandstone moorland ridges around Weetwood; Wooler is set into the far hillside, backed by Cheviot itself, and in the foreground the shapely arch of Weetwood Bridge. Stretching away to the right is a very flat basin ringed by the higher ground, the Milfield Plain - flood plain of Cheviot’s rivers since the last ice age.
This was the subject area of a natural heritage project during the summer of 2018. We called it Where the Waters Meet in respect of the river Till receiving the waters of its main tributaries, the Wooler Water and the river Glen, here in the Plain and the role that these rivers have had on the history of the area - geological, natural and human history. The catchment of this river system is like a net around the Cheviot: it would seem that every molecule of water falling anywhere on Cheviot, even the south and west sides, will end up flowing out of the Milfield Plain at some later point in its journey. The Till’s tributaries finger round the slopes of Cheviot flowing in all directions, but gather into the Plain.
Moth-trapping at Ewart.