UK River Prize


The 2017 UK River Prize & Nigel Holmes Trophy

Thank you for your applications!

The finalists will be announced in early March

The UK River Prize is back for 2017 following another successful running of the prize in 2016 where the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent - "Cumbria Rivers" were announced as the winners. The prize will follow a similar format with  finalists going through to the UK River Prize Awards Evening.

The Awards Evening will once again be held during the RRC's Annual Network Conference which is in Brighton on the 4th & 5th April 2017. On the evening of the 4th April, the Nigel Holmes Trophy will be awarded to the Winner of the 2017 UK River Prize.

River Champions  
* New for 2017 *

The success of projects aiming to improve rivers for wildlife and people is largely influenced by the involvement of volunteers. The River Restoration Centre understands the importance of this contribution and wishes to acknowledge those that may otherwise not get recognition.

‘River Champions’ seeks to celebrate the outstanding efforts of individuals contributing to river restoration in their area.  It aims to recognise those dedicating time outside of their day-to-day roles to contribute toward improving rivers for wildlife and people.  The selected River Champions will be recognised in the following ways:

  • Receive a River Champions Certificate from the River Restoration Centre.
  • Mentioned at the UK River Prize Awards Dinner on the 4th April 2017.
  • Individually acknowledged on the River Restoration Centre’s social media platforms.
  • Individually featured in the River Restoration Centre’s Bulletin which is sent out to over 2,900 contacts from across the UK and Europe.
  • Documented on the River Restoration Centre’s website where their contribution and achievements will be detailed on a permanent River Champions webpage.
  • Presented on a ‘2017 River Champions’ poster in the Poster Session at the 2017 River Restoration Centre’s Annual Network Conference from the 4th - 5th April.

Download the nomination form here

Deadline: 6th March 2017


Learn more about the background of the UK River Prize and view the previous winners here.

Rivers  Eden, Derwent & Kent River Tweed River Wensum
2016 UK River Prize 2015 UK River Prize 2014 England River Prize

2017 UK River Prize Partners


Become a UK River Prize partner


Thiess International Riverprize Now Open!

Any organisation or partnership who has implemented a successful program of activities benefiting a river, lake, wetland or estuary, in any part of the world, is encouraged to apply.

The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in Brisbane on September 19th 2017, receiving AU$200,000 in prize money from the Bert & Vera Thiess Foundation.

Applications close March 24th 2017.

Click here to apply for the International Riverprize!