Introducing Rosie

Hello everyone! :) 

I recently joined the RRC as the River Restoration & Community Engagement Officer.  I became interested in freshwater environments when completing an Aqueous Geology module as part of my BSc Environmental Geoscience degree at Royal Holloway.  I then undertook an MSc in Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments at Queen Mary, University of London.  While learning about river restoration during my MSc (in which the RRC’s Manual of River Restoration Techniques was extremely useful!) I quickly realised that I wanted to become involved in practical river restoration work.

After graduating I spent some time volunteering to gain some practical experience in a few environmental organisations including the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust in Arundel and then at Woodberry Wetlands Nature Reserve (London Wildlife Trust) and Gillespie Park Nature Reserve after I moved to north London.  I also spent 3 months working for the Cape Fear River Watch in North Carolina during summer 2015 where I worked with the Education Coordinator to help deliver their environmental education and community outreach programmes.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time in America, in part due to the novelty and excitement of doing field work in shorts and a T-shirt – not a common occurrence in the U.K.!

My role involves assisting Josh in delivering the Esmée Fairbairn Community Engagement project (find out more here) as well as supporting the day-to-day provision of services to RRC members.  I am really looking forward to being involved in an organisation at the heart of the river restoration movement in the U.K. and to meet like-minded people who have a passion to give life back to our rivers!

Outside of work I can usually be found exploring new areas of nature on countryside walks, catching up on new music or cooking/baking!  I love live music and am a keen amateur gig photographer.  I also play netball for a social league and am practising contemporary dance. 


My name is Mike Barfoot from South Africa I am writing a book based in Botley Hampshire I am in need of some information and would be most grateful if any came forward from this forum.
The Mill has been preserved I understand (how wonderful) but when working it had a freshwater lock that drove the cogs and the surplus water ran into the river Hamble.
What I am trying to establish is the name of the freshwater river that fed the mill it could possibly be the river Itchen ? Thank you anyone who can help confirm this
Kind regards and thanks to all with the goodwill to preserve our heritage!!!!
Mike Barfoot

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your query.  We would be happy to help.  Would you mind sending your query to and I can help you from there.

Kind regards,


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