South East Rivers Trust

Can you help us defeat Himalayan balsam with your household this Invasive Species Week? This week is Invasive Species Week and it’s also the season we’d usually be out with our volunteers bashing some Himalayan balsam. This problematic plant is Read more…


I can so clearly remember, within a few weeks of starting my dream job at SERT, standing on the banks of a beautiful chalk stream in the headwaters of the River Loddon in Hampshire: “Oh no” (I thought) “I should Read more…


We have finally been able to install some of our baseline monitoring equipment, which we are using at one of our pilot sites for the PROWATER project! PROWATER is a partnership project we are delivering locally with Kent County Council Read more…


The South East Rivers Trust, a grassroots environmental charity working to improve rivers in areas including south London, Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, has launched an online programme providing activities, challenges and information to help you stay connected to Read more…


Our volunteers were incredibly busy back in February carrying out River Restoration on the Beverley Brook and Wandle. Wimbledon Common River Restorers At the start of 2020, a new group of volunteer River Restorers came together to learn about natural Read more…


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…