South East Rivers Trust

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…


After nearly 2 months on-site, I’m pleased to share some more details of our work on the Beverley Brook through Wimbledon Common which has been completed (for now!) Why have we restored this stretch of the Beverley Brook? Read our Read more…


Since we removed three redundant weirs from a 1.5 km stretch of the Lesser Teise in 2016, the river has been doing a great job at repairing itself and turning back into a functioning system. With water levels upstream of Read more…


Introducing our latest project: Holistic Water for Horticulture What is Polytunnel Horticulture? Polytunnels (pictured above) allow growers to produce high value soft fruits over extended seasons so that fruit is available for a much longer period in the year. For Read more…


On 5th March, we hosted the Rivers Trust Spring Conference in Canterbury (Kent), focussing on Natural Capital and Water Resources and launching the Interreg PROWATER Project.   “There has never been a more important time to talk about water resources.” Read more…


Defra has proposed changes to how our rivers are managed and regulated which could bring about major benefits. Healthy rivers need good, sustainable flows of high quality water. Natural processes shaped by these two fundamental factors combine to create a Read more…


Last Autumn, as part of our SuDS in Sutton’s Schools project, an Open Day was held at our Denmark Road rain garden.  Children from local schools were invited to engage in a range of activities, including planting bulbs in and Read more…