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.
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.
A New Regional NFM Report
The Thames Regional Flood and Costal Committee (RFCC) has published a report on Natural Flood Management in the region with good practice case studies and a range of advice on how to fund and deliver projects. The report features many NFM projects by Rivers Trusts in the region and advice based on their experience. The report can be accessed here.
Community Water Quality Modelling Conference Showcases Potential of New Wetlands in London
It was inspiring to attend a Community Modelling Decision Makers’ Conference recently at Walthamslow Wetlands London, hearing from Thames21 and their Community Modelling Groups from the Pymmes, Ching and Salmons Brooks.
T21 have been running an innovative water quality project working with the community to find solutions to poor water quality. Our TRT Thames Restoration Fund contributed £23k to this ground breaking project, that has been a trial and has led on to a NERC funded 5 year project with UCL addressing water quality and integrated water management.
The project has empowered, motivated and brought together local people and provided evidence on the multi-benefits of SuDS such as wetlands and the places they would be best suited to deliver significant measurable water quality improvements.
The conference brought together decision makers from business, academia, and the public sector. It was great to see how much this project has achieved and the huge benefits of partnership working between different stakeholders.
Thirty four sites suitable for new constructed wetlands and SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) have been identified by communities in north London, working on theT21 Community Water Quality Modelling project. The sites have the potential to help clean three heavily polluted rivers. Click here to find out more.
River Thame Conservation Trust are Recruiting
River Thame Conservation Trust are recruiting a Project Officer. Are you an all-rounder who combines sound knowledge of freshwater ecology and citizen science with the ability to engage and communicate well with a wide range of people? Do you enjoy a varied role working part office based, part outdoors across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire where you have autonomy in your day to day work but also the support and guidance of a friendly team of experienced colleagues? Do you have a can do, enthusiastic attitude and track record of making things happen on the ground? To find out more click here.
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