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Annual Papplewick Pumping Station Trust Public Lecture, Wednesday 9th November 2016, 6.00

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jonathan Drori, CBE joins us to present the 6th Annual Papplewick Pumping Station Trust Public Lecture, entitled 'The Secret Life of Trees'.

Abstract: The Secret Life of Trees: Social networks? Neighbourhood Watch?
Woods have much in common with human communities but many of the extraordinary things trees do require special techniques to be revealed to us. They use sophisticated underground networks to carry signals and provisions. They advertise for sexual partners and enter into pacts with go-betweens. They defend themselves and their communities, sometimes even commandeering mercenaries to ward off attack. They even send food to needy neighbours. A forest is full of chatter and trade, if only we could sense it, and water is literally at the root of it all.

Biography: Professor Jonathan Drori, CBE has dedicated his career to media and learning. As the Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, he led the effort to create bbc.co.uk, the online face of the BBC. After almost two decades at the BBC, he is now a director at Changing Media Ltd., a media and education consultancy, and is a visiting professor at University of Bristol, where he studies educational media and misperceptions in science. He continues to executive produce the occasional TV series, including 2004's award-winning "The DNA Story" and 2009's "Great Sperm Race." He is on the boards of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Woodland Trust.

Wednesday 9th November 2016, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Wine reception from 5.30pm

Arts Centre Lecture Theatre A30,
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park Campus,
University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Register (free) online: https://papplewick-annual-lecture-2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Press Release: 31-3-2015
New Chairman for Papplewick Pumping Station.

As a founder Trustee of Papplewick Pumping station 42 years ago and for the last 15 years Chairman, Geoffrey Bond OBE DL FSA has decided to retire in favour of a new Chairman and will take on an honorary role as President. During his time as Chairman Geoffrey has been responsible for developing strong relations between the Trust and the Papplewick Association, the members of which he regards as ‘gold dust’ in their huge support for the Trust. He also led the successful £2m Heritage Lottery funding bid culminating in major restoration works between 2003 and 2005 and also organised for the Trust to have its first paid Director, advancing the Trust into a new commercial era for the museum. Geoffrey also set up the Water Education Trust (WET) to carry many of the Trustees’ education programmes which together with the Universities of Nottingham and King’s College, University of London, is giving a national and potential international profile to the Trust.

The new Chairman, John Britten, has made his mark already in becoming one of the few Trustees to have learned how to operate the Pumping Station’s beam engines. He has had a successful career in the law as a former Partner in Actons Solicitors Nottingham and has a long held interest in engineering and vintage cars. John also has an interest in the history and working of Victorian steam engines and in the case of Papplewick, how it transformed Nottingham’s fresh water supply and health.

Geoffrey said ‘I would never have believed that when I was invited to assist with the formation of the Trust in 1972 by the late Sir Michael Nall that I would still be at the helm in 2015. Now it is time to hand over to a new Chairman and I am certain that in John Britten we have found someone well equal to the task of taking the Trust into the future, further developing WET and the building of our proposed new education and exhibition facility that will make the Trust financially sustainable. I thank all the Trustees and volunteers over the years that have supported me and I look forward to supporting the new Chairman in my role as President.

John Britten said ‘It is a great pleasure to be asked to take over from Geoffrey Bond. He will be a difficult man to follow but I am sure that with the help of my fellow Trustees we can sustain and develop the preservation of this fantastic Pumping Station for future generations’.

Bat and Tree Surveys at Papplewick

As part of a proposal to construct a new Education, Exhibition and Community Centre at Papplewick Pumping Station, the Trust has undertaken bat and tree surveys to study the area where the proposed building may one day be built. The Trust is pleased to announce that no bats are present and that the trees that will need to be removed will not have any impact upon the visual appearance of the area or the local habitat and environment. These surveys were funded by Museum Development East Midlands. Click here to download the Bat Survey, click here to download the Tree Survey.

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