A Charitable Trust dedicated to the Heritage Drinking Waters of Britain.
Ed and Will and friends have formed a Charitable Trust, called Flowing Britain, to raise awareness of historic British potable springs and wells, for public education and health.
We believe everyone deserves access to safe natural drinking water, within an hour’s walk of their home.
Water is the life-flow of the land. Not long ago, Britain was famed for her mineral-rich and health-giving waters, a natural gift from the creator, free flowing from the ground.
Many towns, villages and streets are still named after this heritage – Tunbridge Wells, Llandrindod Wells, Bath Spa, Spring Lane, Holywell…
Such springs and wells were hugely popular, as destinations for pilgrimage and tourism, for medical and spiritual health, and even for veneration as gods.
Today, public tap-water is chlorinated, and sometimes fluoridated. The health risks of such wide medical treatment are well-documented.
And with industrial and agricultural chemicals leeching into ground-waters, general mistrust of natural water sources has become prevalent.
But the waters need not be unclear. Many ancient springs flow from miles underground, where chemicals cannot reach. Such deep-waters remain fresh, wholesome and delicious, and carry diverse mineral-contents, which may help aid a number of our surface-dwellers’ ailments.
Flowing Britain aims to scientifically test a number of publically accessible water-sources, and publically map all results.
During our latest walk, three months from Somerset to Liverpool, we search for heritage drinking-water sources, and raise funds to test them.
We focus on clear and accessible historic wells and springs, with strong anecdotal evidence to suggest their safety.
We meet custodians to maintain continuous testing regimes, and encourage community access to the good waters.
Let’s Take The Waters
We want the public to enjoy the safe local option of heritage drinking water.
We see brass-cups on chains, in quiet and accessible community spaces.
We hope for a reinvigoration of British water tourism, with long-distance footpaths leading between tested historic water sources.
Please help the Flowing Britain Trust achieve these goals, by donating:
£5 buys work toward a website with interactive public map.
£150 buys a full test of a historic spring or well, with fully public results.
£2500 buys the regeneration of an overgrown water-source, including new stone-work, a bench, and a brass-cup on a chain.
£50,000 buys an ancient spring and surrounding land, to be held safe in perpetuity. It creates public footpath access to the water, and plants a community herb-garden.
Welcome to Flowing Britain. It is not getting dark.
Ed and Will, 2013