UK River Prize > Previous Winners
|2019 UK River Prize|
|New Forest Wetlands, Hampshire|
The New Forest Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (NF HLS) was set up in 2010 as a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Verderers of the New Forest, Forestry England and the New Forest National Park Authority to cover the Open Forest Crown lands. The HLS agreement is worth £19 million over ten years from 2010-2020 with a minimum of £750,000 available for wetland restoration per year. So far the New Forest HLS has delivered 59 projects, totalling 29km of restoration to the New Forest watercourses that had previously been deepened or realigned. The restoration of the mires and streams has delivered reduced knickpoint erosion, reduced incision and lateral erosion, increased floodplain connection, increased resilience during times of drought, and reduced flood peaks.
|2018 UK River Prize|
|Hills to Levels, Somerset|
The Hills to Levels project involved one of the largest catchments (2871km2) implementing Natural Flood Management (NFM) in the UK, having experienced severe flooding, with changing climate bringing intense rainfall.
Many streams in the area are failing WFD objectives for sediment, phosphate and fish; as well as being heavily modified. Measures have been installed to slow flow, filter sediments and store runoff, including floodplain reconnection, edge of field measures and leaky woody dams. 453 NFM structures have been put in place, including 232 woody structures.
|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.
"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
|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.
|2015 UK River Prize|
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.
|2014 England River Prize|
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.
|River Otter, Devon||2019||More info>|
|River Nairn, Scottish Highlands||2019||More info>|
|River Bulbourne, Hertfordshire||2019||More info>|
|Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership, Warks & Staffs||2018||More info>|
|Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast, Northern Ireland||2018||More info>|
|Love Your River Telford||2018||More info>|
|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 >>|