Our vision is wild, healthy, natural rivers valued by all.
Healthy rivers are essential to human life, they provide us with drinking water, they water our crops, they are home to important species of wildlife, they provide recreational spaces for our health and wellbeing. Yet, only 14% of rivers are at good ecological status and have been declining over recent years.
The Rivers Trust is the umbrella organisation for 60 local member Trusts, we are the only group of environmental charities in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to protecting and improving river environments for the benefit of people and wildlife.
We need more support to take vital action in protecting and improving rivers across the UK and Ireland for future generations. Join the fight against pollution, plastic and climate change, and help make rivers fit for people and wildlife.
Impact from Rivers Trusts in 2018
Your local Rivers Trust
Our member Trusts are independent community-led charitable organisations, recognised as important deliverers of education, water management advice and practical conservation work, from source to sea – improving land, rivers and wetlands at a catchment or river basin scale.
Meet the team
Our Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of The Rivers Trust. They meet regularly and bring a wealth of experience to support the general management of the charity.
President: Ian Gregg OBE
Jonathan White (Chairman)
Dr Geoff Brighty
Dr Laurence Couldrick
Our consultancy services
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Rivers Trust, get in touch. We have free ‘start-up’ packs available and can provide bespoke advice on how to identify demand, catchments, legal structures and charity registration. We also offer help and advice on fundraising, technical protocols and best practice.
Visit our River Ecosystem Services pages for detailed information on our consultancy services.
This website has been part funded by EU LIFE Integrated Projects and the Greggs Foundation.