The Rivers Trust

The Rivers Trust

About The Rivers Trust- WHO are we?

The “Association of River Trusts” for England and Wales was launched in 2001 following extensive consultation with existing charitable rivers trusts and other related interests. The organisation changed it’s name to “The Rivers Trust” on 2nd August 2011

The need for such a body was a logical extension of the increasing level of liaison that had taken place for some time between established rivers trusts. As a result of the demands placed upon, ART was subsequently incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and granted registered charity status by the Charities Commission in 2004.

Rivers trusts now represent catchments across a large part of England and Wales and new ones are continually forming. In addition, a similar movement exists in Scotland, and there is excellent co-operation with the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS).

WHAT we do

The Rivers Trust provides an important link between the established, and the new and emerging Rivers and Fisheries Trusts. It also provides a forum to develop ideas, Best Practice and policy guidance and test transferability. Furthermore it offers a national platform for regional Trusts to “showcase” their work, allowing them to inform and give enthusiasm to others, giving advice and encouragement and ultimately, empowerment, “thinking globally and acting locally”.

WHY we do it

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of rivers for wildlife and of managing catchments and their ecosystems as environmental and ecological service providers. RT provides an opportunity to assist, influence and develop this in a positive way. Improving the river corridor and surrounding catchment is a complex process involving Government Departments, its Agencies and many other diverse organisations.

It is clear that there is a need for a voice to act at a national level to complement regional initiatives and to provide a focus for issues of common interest, such as technical protocols and governance. In addition, RT is dedicated to providing guidance to new and emerging trusts on setting up, pulling together and making the best use of the experience of others, and making the best use of limited resources. RT is committed to building capacity in member trusts, thus maintaining its “bottom-up” philosophy, and seeing a growing and vibrant network of “individually motivated” local/regional trusts across the whole of England & Wales, not just in the traditional salmonid areas.

HOW we do it

Our Objectives:

  • Represent and promote the Rivers Trust movement nationally and internationally
  • Develop best practice protocols, within a framework of sound science, partnership, avoiding duplication, consistency and a matrix approach
  • Encourage innovation and the advancement of applied science
  • Facilitate funding and working partnerships between Rivers Trusts and other organisations
  • Guide and assist rivers trusts in making funding applications, either individually or in partnership with others
  • Build capacity and sustainability in the rivers trust movement
  • Form national and international networks to provide collaborative project and development opportunities for rivers trusts
  • Guide and support new rivers trust start-ups
  • Act as a conduit for communication, information exchange and technology transfer through projects, seminars, the web-site and e-newsletters
  • Promote, guide and support good governance and issues of common interest to rivers trusts

The Rivers Trust in Suffolk

The aims of the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust (ESRT) are in summary:

  • the protection and environmental improvement of watercourses, ground waters and impoundments in Essex and Suffolk, including estuarine and coastal areas

  • the advancement of the education of the public and of stakeholder organisations in the understanding of river catchment management, and the need for the conservation and improvement of aquatic environments.

These aims will be delivered mainly through the delivery of practical projects, including those developed collaboratively with other organisation through the Catchment Partnerships. Throughout ESRT’s work a fundamental requirement will be effective consultation and co-operation with a wide range of individuals and organisations, including landowners, Local Authorities, Water Companies, the Environment Agency, and bodies with specific responsibilities for the environment, such as Natural England.


For further information please contact:
Arlin Rickard (Chief Executive) Email:
Alistair Maltby (Director – North) Email:
James Sowden (Finance MAnager) Email: