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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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Latest News

TRT attends Rivers Festival in Columbia

TRT Deputy Chairman, Robert Oates, was invited back to Colombia in May to speak again on river restoration; this time at the Seven Rivers Festival organised by new Friends of the River groups from the seven tributaries of the River Cauca which flow through the city of Cali. These emerging Friends groups operate much like Rivers Trusts in the UK being NGOs and not for profit and run by volunteers ranging from university professors to Uber drivers. They face many of the same issues we have in the UK including pollution, canalisation and loss of biodiversity. They also have issues that we do not often face including illegal slum developments, armed criminal gangs and regular earthquakes! To read a full report click here

TRT Deputy Chairman Rob Oates being interviewed

TRT Deputy Chairman Rob Oates being interviewed



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.


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