Welcome to the
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.
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.
TRT Trustee and RFCC Conservation Member Robert Oates has welcomed the publication of the latest briefing note on the Evenlode Natural Flood Management scheme. Click here to see publication. This is the first scheme of its kind in Thames region to test NFM measures across a whole sub-catchment to provide data on how much water may be held back and contribute to reducing flood risk.
TRT has assisted the scheme by granting £25k from its Thames Restoration Fund to the Cotswolds Rivers Trust for its Pudlicote 2 floodplain restoration project which will contribute to the Evenlode catchment scheme.