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Where the river meets the sea: An interview with Kate Willard

Words: Simon Wicks

Kate Willard is the Thames Estuary Envoy, charged with drawing attention and investment to an ‘underperforming’ location that is more than the sum of its parts. Simon Wicks finds out what how a community theatre director became a mover and shaker in infrastructure

River estuaries are rich and abundant places. Points of arrival and departure, they are natural locations for settlements commanding strategic positions for defence, communications, industry and trade. They have phenomenal biodiversity, too; fresh and saltwater species commingling where land gives way to sea and where migrant birds in their hundreds of thousands stop for rest and sustenance........
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