South East Rivers Trust

World Water Day has been held on March 22nd every year since 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of our freshwater resources. This year, the focus was on the links between climate change and water. We wanted to share Read more…


We would like to introduce David Courtneidge as our new Project Officer in the River Restoration Delivery Team. David started in mid-January and is already getting stuck into several projects on the River Darent at Otford and Eynsford, the River Read more…


We are very happy to welcome Niki Karagkouni, our new GIS Analyst! Niki’s background is in Geo-informatics and Topography, joining us with an MSc in Environmental Sciences. Niki has many years of experience as a researcher, working on both marine Read more…


We are pleased to introduce Harry – our new Assistant Project Officer! Harry will be joining Toby, Nick and Miguel in the River Restoration Delivery Team. He has already been put to the test supporting our work at Acacia Hall Read more…


We’re pleased to welcome Miguel – our new Assistant Project Officer. Miguel will be joining our River Restoration Team. He has already been out and about with the Team delivering our restoration work at Acacia Hall on the Darent – Read more…


We are pleased to announce our new project – Preventing Plastic Pollution! What is the Preventing Plastic Pollution Project? Working in partnership with 18 organisations from across France and England, the Preventing Plastic Pollution Project seeks to understand and reduce Read more…


Storm Ciara and Dennis have hit national headlines recently and local communities here in the Southeast haven’t been spared their impact. We have been working with partners in the Medway Flood Partnership to try to mitigate the impact of flooding Read more…


In the Medway Catchment, the South East Rivers Trust is delivering natural flood management (NFM) with a range of partners in the Medway Flood Partnership and EU Interreg North Sea FRAMES Project. This blog introduces the Alder Stream – one Read more…


A guest blog written by Jennifer Connelly According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, there are still an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 UK homes with misconnected drains. Dodgy pipework or old houses with out of date plumbing can Read more…


Thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and effort to make 2019 a real cracker! We couldn’t achieve any of this without the help and support of our volunteers. So thank you to them so much for continuing to Read more…


Rain or shine – we restore rivers If you have wandered through Central Park over the last few weeks you will have noticed quite a lot of activity down by the river. Machines, mud and very muddy people wearing high Read more…


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…