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Thames Rivers Trust

The Thames Rivers Trust is a registered environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Thames and its tributaries for the benefit of people, wildlife and the environment. We work with a wide range of partners including government agencies, private companies, NGO’s and local community groups with the aim of delivering an integrated approach to the management of the Thames and the surrounding land.

Our origins

Originally The Thames Salmon Trust (TST) we were formed in 1986 to raise money for the construction of fish passes on the main River Thames and the River Kennet, as part of the programme to re-introduce Atlantic salmon to the river. TST was highly successful raising many millions from partners, including the National Lottery and by the year 2000 an amazing 20 fish passes had been installed on the Thames and 17 on the Kennet aiding fish passage.

In 2004 the future of TST was reviewed; the chain of fish passes had been completed and some significant funds remained. It was agreed with the remaining Trustees to widen the objectives of the Trust for broader conservation purposes and the benefit of all wildlife on the Thames (as well as the public benefit). With the consent of the Charity Commissioners the Thames Salmon Trust became the Thames Rivers Restoration Trust in 2004, shortened to the Thames Rivers Trust (TRT) in 2012. Click here to find out about past projects.

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 <Robert Oates exchanges gifts with Mr Mao-Hsui WEI

Robert Oates exchanges gifts with Mr Mao-Hsui WEI

At the request of the UK Department for International Trade, on 29 April 2018, Robert Oates, TRT Deputy Chairman met with a delegation from Taiwan led by Mr Mao-Hsui WEI, Chief Secretary of the Water Resources Department of Taoyuan Special Municipality. The meeting was kindly hosted by Mr Enrico Isnenghi, Technical Director of WSP international engineering in their London HQ. Among subjects discussed were integrated river basin management, natural flood management, water supply and pollution control measures in Thames region and in Taoyuan district.

 <Robert Oates (left) discusses with Mr Mao-Hsui WEI (right)

Robert Oates (left) discusses with Mr Mao-Hsui WEI (right)




London Rivers Week is back! Running from Saturday 23rd June – Sunday 1st July, it aims to inspire people to take pride in our waterways, understand the challenges they face and come together to create a healthy future for our rivers. London Rivers Week is a chance to celebrate the capital’s many rivers, and all the work going on to rewild and restore them. This includes bringing them above ground (daylighting); creating or restoring new wetlands, or breaking them out of concrete channels. Londoners all across the city are helping reclaim, rescue and restore our rivers, and we urge you to join them! To find out more click here.



Thank you to the many of you who responded to recent the EA Consultation

Thank you to all of you who took the time to object to the Environment Agency’s proposal to increase charges for environmental permits. The EA received a ‘significant number’ of responses and they have issued the following statement:
‘We recognise the significant benefits that these works can contribute towards natural flood risk management, habitat creation and enhancing the water environment, and we do not want our charges to discourage such good works taking place. We have not increased charges for works that, in our view, are for the benefit of the environment and are being carried out on a non-commercial basis.’

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