Previous Winners

"This is great recognition for all the hard work we’ve done over the last five years. Not just for us, but especially for all the people and organisations we work with in this catchment." - Martijn Antheunisse 

Winners

2017 UK River Prize
River Avon - Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset

The River Avon Restoration Programme (RARP) was set up to restore the River Avon Special Area of Conservation (SAC) to a naturally functioning river system to meet the government’s obligations under the Water Framework and Habitats Directives.

The implementation of RARP is an ambitious project as it aims to restore the River Avon to a naturally functioning river that supports characteristic chalk stream habitats and wildlife. The objective is to strategically deliver natural-process based schemes that restore reaches of river that have been most damaged by past physical modifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 UK River Prize
Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent (Cumbria Rivers)

The Cumbria River Restoration Strategy (CRRS) is a partnership project between Natural England, the Environment Agency and three Rivers Trusts (Eden, West Cumbria and South Cumbria). The partnership implements river restoration across three river catchments.

This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved through working in partnership. Overall the work has restored around 14 km of river across the three Cumbrian catchments to a more natural form, illustrating the large scale at which this project was undertaken. 

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2015 UK River Prize
River Tweed

Tweed Forum works in partnership to promote integrated catchment management that delivers multiple benefits.  Our focus is on working with land managers to get the right measures in the right place, at the right scale, in order to address key issues such as habitat loss, drainage, diffuse pollution, channelisation and invasive species control.

In the last 5 years they have restored and enhanced over 60km of river through fencing off and planting, re-meandered over 2km of straightened channel and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 England River Prize
River Wensum

The Wensum River Restoration Strategy was the winner of the 2014 England River Prize. A holistic approach was taken to enhance in-channel and floodplain habitats. Techniques included the use of wooded material, flow deflectors and gravel re-distribution. 

They were awarded a cheque which will be used to continue restoring the Wensum, improving the links with local universities through competitions and interpretation boards as well as ensuring that monitoring is continued into the future.

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Runners Up

  River Frome - Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Project 2017 More info >>
  Healthy Rivers Project - South East Wales Valleys 2017 More info >>
  Pearls in Peril Project - Rivers across England, Scotland & Wales 2017 More info >>
  River Aller and Horner Water 2016 More info >>
  Allt Lorgy (Spey Catchment) 2016 More info >>
  River Wandle 2016 More info >>
  Ballinderry River 2015 More info >>
  River Adur 2015 More info >>
  Kennet and Lambourn 2015 More info >>
  River Wye 2014 More info >>
  Haltwhistle Burn 2014 More info >>
  Bow Brook 2014 More info >>