Tag: wild-swimming

New interactive map reveals the truth about sewage pollution

New interactive map reveals the truth about sewage pollution

Posted by Emily Cooper

Yesterday, the Guardian revealed that water firms discharged raw sewage into England's rivers 200,000 times in 2019. Michelle Walker, our Head of GIS, described the data as “very alarming”. She said: “When you look at the detail, you see that some of these locations are releasing untreated sewage hundreds of…

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New campaign aims to see bathing water standards introduced to UK rivers

New campaign aims to see bathing water standards introduced to UK rivers

Posted by Emily Cooper

Today, we're launching our brand new campaign, Together for Rivers. Our goal is to see bathing water standards introduced to well-used rivers across the nation. This will help river users to stay safe from pollution when enjoying the water, while also providing huge benefits for plants and wildlife. In order…

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Statement on open water swimming in light of COVID-19

Statement on open water swimming in light of COVID-19

Posted by Emily Cooper

For many people, rivers are synonymous with their favourite sport: open water swimming (or wild swimming, if you prefer!). However, recent lockdown measures and other issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis have left many wondering whether or not to swim. Whilst open water swimming is permitted by the government, many…

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Rambling About Rivers Ep 3: “Swimming in rivers… are you mad?”

Rambling About Rivers Ep 3: “Swimming in rivers… are you mad?”

Posted by Emily Cooper

Swimming in rivers isn't for everyone - especially over winter. Would you swim in a river every day in December...in the UK? That's just what the wonderful Ella Foote has done. In this podcast, we join Jayne Mann (Marketing and Communications Manager at The Rivers Trust) and Dan Turner (Senior Project Officer…

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World Rivers Day: Rivers Fit To Swim In Map

World Rivers Day: Rivers Fit To Swim In Map

Posted by Emily Cooper

This World Rivers Day, we have one wish: Rivers Fit To Swim In. We want all of our rivers to be clean enough that you wouldn't have a second thought about taking the plunge. When rivers are clean, other great things follow; wildlife can grow in abundance and diversity, plants…

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