Welcome to the website for the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust. 

East Anglian rivers are a great resource for leisure: walkers, photographers, anglers and canoeists; and also for wildlife. They are also essential water sources for drinking and for agriculture.  However, our rivers are not always as healthy as they should be and so our mission is to improve them and to educate people on how important this is.

Formed in 2013 we are an organisation with a practical emphasis on projects. Please treat this site as a source of ongoing information, and let us have your views and suggestions.

The Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust (ESRT) is a Charity and is proud to have been formed under the umbrella of the national Rivers Trust - although legally an independent organisation, ESRT will continue to work in close co-operation with the national body and benefit from the national guidance and training.

Much of the work of ESRT involves taking forward projects to help implement the EU Water Framework Directive as it applies to England. The Directive stipulates that all member states put in place and implement River Basin Management Plans. We are guided by the Anglian region plan


Funding for our projects comes from all quarters including through collaborative bids for project work developed by the Catchment Partnerships and others. If you wish to support work to improve rivers please contact us, support us or subscribe to learn more. Thank you for visiting and we welcome your feedback on the site.