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.
Coming Up – London Rivers Week
London Rivers Week will take place between 25th May and 2nd June 2019. London Rivers Week exists to highlight the capital’s many rivers, the efforts put in to restore them, the benefits they give and the pressures they face. To find out more click here.
Coming Up – Invasive Species Week
Running from Monday 13th – Friday 17th May 2019. Invasive non-native species (INNS) are having serious impacts on our rivers. To find out how to get involved or learn more click here.
March 2019 – TRF Funded Rainscapes is Award Winning!
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) has been awarded Second Place at the Wiltshire Life Awards 2019, in the Conservation Project of the Year category for their Rainscapes project. The project has delivered rain gardens within school grounds in the Kennet catchment and has received two rounds of funding from our Thames Restoration Fund. Rainscapes not only visually transform spaces, they creates biodiverse places that are also amenities. Water can then permeate slowly into the ground and reduce flooding and runoff pollution. The Rainscapes project educates and engages schools and the wider community in a hands on way, conveying the importance of water and creating places for it to go.
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.