South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

What a year it’s been!

2018 has been a big year for SERT!

Our team has grown in size and we’ve both started and completed some fantastic projects. Here are some of the team’s favourite moments:

Bella – Trust Director

This was the first photo of our newly growing team. This year the Trust doubled in size and it has been wonderful to get to know our new team members and watch them getting stuck in, enabling us to work with more people to improve rivers across the South East. We’re looking forward to the next year!

Toby – Head of Operations

My favourite day of the year was getting to share the work we’d done installing a huge fish pass at the Hogsmill Sewage Treatment Works, with the whole SERT team of staff and trustees. It was a lovely way to conclude a project which has been bubbling away for so many years.

Chris – Catchment Manager

Throw back to early this year when we helped with eel pass installation at Sedlescombe Mill, on the River Rother in Kent. 

Samantha – Project Development Team Leader

Early mornings can be worth it if you get to work somewhere as lovely as Richmond Park! This is the Beverley Brook on a crisp December morning, where I was collecting samples to monitor the effects our Downstream Defender is having on the water quality of road run-off entering the river.

Polly – Programmes Manager

This was a real highlight for me as it was great to run an event on the Hogsmill River in Kingston and engage so many new faces as part of London Rivers Week. We are already planning ways to engage even more people during London Rivers Week 2019. 

Moragh – Catchment Officer

Great day on Bay Pond, in the Medway Catchment, with Captain Chris. Outdoors, practical and happy teamwork – proper job!

Nick – Project Officer

A highlight of 2018 for me was spotting these chub spawning on the rehabilitated gravels following the removal of three weirs on the River Teise in October 2016. Nice to see the fish appreciating our hard work!

Dean – Natural Flood Management Coordinator

My favourite thing from 2018 was putting my horticultural knowledge to the test and helping at the raingarden planting day outside Sutton Council’s offices on Denmark Road, Carshalton. It’s the first installation delivered as part of the SuDS in Sutton Schools project.

Charlene – Community Engagement and Outreach Officer (SuDS in Schools)

The Rain Garden Open Day was my highlight because the pupils who visited demonstrated such enthusiasm for SuDS and really enjoyed the planned activities. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much they remembered from my previous visits to their schools.

Kathi – Natural Capital Coordinator

I started work at SERT in November and was straight in at the deep end with a site visit to the Hogsmill on my first day. A great introduction to the team and working on rivers in the south east. Looking forward to working on the PROWATER project with this lot next year:

Jess – Project Officer

My favourite part of my first year working for the Trust has been getting to spend time with our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers – they’ve taught me a lot about their local rivers since this photo was taken during March’s Riverfly monitoring survey.

Ed – Project Officer

This photo is from the FRAMES Knowledge Sharing Day hosted by Trent Rivers Trust and Southwall Flood Forum. Tees Rivers Trust, Nottingham Trent University, EA and Nottinghamshire County Council Lead Local Flood Authority were also there. It was a really good day of sharing experience and knowledge of Natural Flood Management as well as making links with other Rivers Trusts and organisations. 

Myles – Project Officer

An impressive sight! It was great to be involved with the delivery of this and learn so much about easements like rock ramps and pool pass installation.

Jennifer – Finance and Administration Officer

I don’t often get to spend time in our rivers so getting to visit one of the projects I help to administer was a real treat and definitely worth braving the weather for!

Thank you for all your interest and support this year… we can’t wait for 2019!