South East Rivers Trust

Back in September we recruited a small team of River Restorers to help us design and deliver a small scale river restoration project which would help re-naturalise a stretch of the Hogsmill in Ewell – no heavy machinery involved, just Read more…


Otford to Park Farm Fishery Walkover – Spring 2019 The River Darent rises from sandstone springs around Sevenoaks, Kent and to the west around Westerham. Flowing north, further chalk springs also contribute to the river as it makes its way Read more…


Septic tanks and package treatment works Around 95% of properties in the UK are connected to the main drainage system which is processed at a local sewage treatment works. But that leaves 5%, mostly in rural areas, that have their Read more…


Central Park and Acacia Hall, Dartford From Autumn 2019, Central Park will see the start of work to restore a 700m stretch of the River Darent for the benefit of wildlife and public amenity. The restoration works will bring a Read more…


Come and volunteer with our Team! Public communications and promotion are a key tool for the Trust, and we are seeking a Communications and Engagement Volunteer to help support and expand this work. The purpose of this volunteer position is Read more…


We have previously introduced the concept of Natural Flood Management (NFM) in an earlier blog. In the Medway Catchment (below), the South East Rivers Trust is delivering NFM with a range of partners in the Medway Flood Partnership and EU Read more…


SuDS features built just in time for the wet weather! Over the summer, our SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project constructed SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) in two local schools, Harris Junior Academy Carshalton and Muschamp Primary School.  While we have already Read more…


The Hogsmill – a Chalk Stream in crisis The Hogsmill is classified as a chalk stream, a globally rare habitat, and one of around only 200 worldwide. Chalk streams give rise to a unique set of species that depend on Read more…


On World Rivers Day, we want to remind ourselves of the value of rivers to our society and the impact we have on them … Local legend has it that the River Nailbourne, in Elham valley, is the result of Read more…


Loddon Rivers Week: 21st – 29th September 2019 This year we are proud to be working with Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, Dinton Activity Centre and Basingstoke Green Week to deliver a wide variety of activities celebrating Read more…


It’s the not knowing that kills you. Monitoring the benefits of Natural Flood Management Two of our previous blogs explained what Natural Flood Management is and how it works. But how do we know that Natural Flood Management (NFM) is Read more…


We are looking for photographs showcasing the rivers of the South East of England to include on our new website. Can you help us? What are we looking for? We are in desperate need of photos which showcase the beautiful Read more…


A new animation created by pupils of Harris Junior Academy Carshalton explains how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can benefit the whole community. https://youtu.be/Iu958IlePec Over the last year, the SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project has been working very closely with both Muschamp Read more…


You might think that sewage flowing into our rivers is something banished to the history books. Unfortunately, in reality, this is still a widespread problem. But thanks to our volunteers, the Beverley Brook and Wandle will be seeing some improvements. Read more…


“Don’t forget you can’t bring any single use plastic bottles into the building” These were the last words of the briefing to those attending this year’s Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) Conference. It was held at WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Read more…


Part 2: How does Natural Flood Management Work? In part 1 of this series, I described some of the reasons why groups across the UK have come up with the idea of working with nature to reduce flooding. The challenge Read more…


We’ve had just over a week to recover from London Rivers Week 2019 and what a week it was! London Rivers Week is a week long campaign and festival inspiring the public to discover and celebrate London’s 600 km (373 Read more…


“Chalk rivers should be protected or restored to a quality which sustains the high conservation value of their wildlife, healthy water supplies, recreation opportunities and their place in the character and cultural history of the landscape.” The State of England’s Read more…


Part 1: An Introduction to NFM Flooding has become an increasing problem in the UK and Europe. Here in Kent, we’ve witnessed a number of remarkable flood events in recent years, such as the floods of 2013, when on Christmas Read more…


Harris Junior Academy in Carshalton has been part of our SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project from the start. They have shown a real commitment to the project, agreeing to have a comprehensive SuDS scheme installed at their school while also Read more…