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Trent Rivers Trust charity

Trent Rivers Trust is a registered charity. Our mission is

  • To help wildlife thrive in and around our rivers, streams and wetlands
  • To reduce pollution entering our rivers and streams
  • To help people and communities connect and value their river and floodplain
  • To restore rivers streams and wetlands improving resilience to climate change

For over 20 years our team of conservation and restoration specialists has been delivering 200+ projects in the Trent catchment. As a registered charity we have reconnected and restored many miles of rivers, planted ten thousands of trees, educated thousands of people, worked with hundreds of farmers, businesses and landowners on river-friendly practices and continue to champion the rivers, brooks and streams that shape our communities.

We believe that at their very best, rivers in the Trent catchment are a source of life and joy. Wild, natural, healthy and accessible places to be cherished.

Whether you’re living close to a river, own adjacent land, enjoy our rivers on a swim, walk, paddle or an angling excursion, we believe that by working together, we can restore rivers that can be appreciated and loved by everyone. To achieve this, we work with local partners, communities and as part of the national Rivers Trust movement.

We use data, collaboration and a network of local contacts we have built for over 20 years, creating nature-based solutions to tackle the most pressing issues affecting our rivers.

About Us | Trent Rivers Trust
Rivers function at their best when they are free-flowing and natural. We are on a mission to connect watercourses, by removing weirs, concrete and culverts and improving fish passage. We re-naturalise water courses, reconnect rivers to their floodplain and create pollution buffers.
Drought or deluge, we use schemes that work with nature, such as Natural Flood Management, a method that reduces flood risk by installing features that slow the flow of water. We plant trees, install bunds, leaky barriers, create wetland areas and reconnect the river to the floodplain. These interventions are win-wins. They increase river health – biodiversity gets a boost, reduce flood risk, carbon capture is improved – some features reduce the impact of droughts, too.
The river starts where rain falls. Sealed urban surfaces, sediment and soil run-off impact our rivers. Our dedicated team of experts helps local authorities, land and homeowners implement the best locally suitable, river-friendly practices. In urban areas, we advise on Sustainable Drainage systems (SuDs-link). In rural areas, we provide bespoke advice to farmers on how they can make their land and farming practice more river-friendly.

We cannot work in isolation. Our work with communities and the broader public educates and enthuses people about their river and what rivers do for us and vice versa. We create opportunities for volunteers and vulnerable groups to boost their wellbeing as they lend a hand on our projects, work with schools to showcase the wonders and practicalities of our river work and create access to the river, partially through our ambition to create a source-to-sea walking path alongside the Trent. We also know the public are our eyes and ears and know their rivers as well as being citizen scientists able to provide a whole lot of useful information.

Our Expertise

Weston River restoration

River Restoration

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Natural Flood Management

Working With Nature

View Our Working With Nature Projects

Land Use and Water

View Our Land Use and Water Projects

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