History: 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 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.
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.