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.
Stop Flushing Wipes Down the Loo
We are supporting The Rivers Trust #StopFlushingWipes campaign. When there are sudden downpours of rain wet wipes flushed down the toilet can leave the sewer system and end up in our rivers and on the riverbanks.
Wet wipes do not breakdown like toilet paper and because of this they have become the biggest cause of sewer blockages in the UK. The blockages can cause sewage flooding and pollution to local rivers and streams impacting on people and wildlife. To find our more visit The Rivers Trust’s Stop Flushing Wipes page.
Exciting news for the New Year! Action for the River Kennet’s Rainscapes project is a finalist in the Wiltshire Life Awards 2019. ARK’s Rainscapes and Rainscapes phase 2 projects have received funding from our Thames Restoration Fund. We wish them the best of luck. To learn more about these projects click here.
TRT recently supported Reading Knights Canoe Club Litter Pick. The university club took to the Thames and Kennet to clear huge amounts of litter and were joined on land by Action for the River Kennet (ARK) volunteers who cleared the riverbanks. The canoe club hold two river sessions a week, paddling along the River Thames and River Kennet in Reading. The club commented, ‘As paddlers, we have a duty to take care of the river environment, and seeing the amount of litter floating in the water every week certainly reminds us how important this responsibility is.’ The Reading Knights have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funding for our projects to donate click here.
River Clean Up
Thames Rivers Trust is supporting this excellent initiative – hosted by Reading University Knights Canoe Club.
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) are working in partnership and will be clearing litter on the River Kennet between Fobney and County Weir.
Want to volunteer? For more info follow the canoe club’s FB page or to volunteer for ARK meet in the car park at Fobney just off Island Road in Reading at 11am and email: email@example.com
The canoe club are raising awareness of pollution in our rivers and the work being done to protect these habitats. They are generously fundraising for TRT, to donate visit their Go Fund Me page.
Water primrose alert
Water primrose is an invasive non-native plant. Since 2009, the Environment Agency has coordinated the eradication of water primrose and progress has been made. Water primrose has the potential to profoundly damage wetlands and waterbodies, degrading the environment and our enjoyment of it. Early intervention is essential. Please read this poster for more information and how to report sightings.