One of the British Society for Geomorphology's goals, and one of the many great benefits of being a member, is the ability to draw expertise and experience from across institutions and industry, pooling together resources, all with the aim of promoting the love for and importance of our discipline. Such an endeavour has seen members of the Society pick up the Maldwin Drummond Challenge Cup for Best Trade Stand at this year's New Forest Show.
The stand was co-organised between the Society and the Forestry Commission, and was led by Dr Annie Ockelford of the University of Brighton and Chair of the Society's Outreach Sub-Committee, and Dr Chris Hackney of the University of Southampton, who is also the Society's Reports Officer. They were demonstrating geomorphology in action, and in miniature, using the ever popular "River in a Box" mini-flume from the University of Hull.
The New Forest Show is one of the top agricultural shows in the country, attracting over 95,000 visitors over three days. Visitors to the Society's stand got to get hands on with Geomorphology using the River in a Box mini-flume as it simulates the formation of fluvial environments - pumping water over special plastic sand which creates a highly dynamic environment. Guided by the expert knowledge of Annie and Chris, the visitors could try their hand at river management, creating new channels or attempting to keep a model house safe.
"It has been great to accept the Foresty Commissions invite to spend three days exhibiting at the show," Annie told us. "The response to River in a Box has really shown the importance of outreach and inspiring the next generation. It has been a fantastic event for promoting the importance of the discipline of geomorphology."
The visitors and Show organisers were so impressed with the Forestry Commission's stand, for which Annie and Chris were a part, the Maldwin Drummond Challenge Cup for Best Trade Stand - which was presented to them by the Countess of Wessex.
Annie and Chris will be at the New Forest Show with the Forestry Commission and British Society for Geomorphology stand until Thursday 28th July. You can also follow updates from the show on Twitter using the hashtag #NewForestShow - Congratulations Annie and Chris, keep up the good work.
As a member of the British Society for Geomorphology you can request the assistance and resources of the Society for promotion of Geomorphology - Contact a member of the Outreach Sub-Committee to find out more.