The Rivers Trust movement developed from a perceived need for local involvement in river management and restoration. Research shows that river processes, water quality and ecology have been in decline for many decades. River Trusts work at a grassroots level in order to reverse these declines for the benefit of everybody.
The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust was established as a Registered Charity in 2004 in order to provide a concerted and holistic approach to the protection and enhancement of the rivers and catchments of the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Wharfe and Ouse. These rivers flow through some of the UK’s most distinctive and precious landscapes. The landscapes themselves are home to some very special flora and fauna but also to a way of living and working with the land that can be traced back across many centuries.
Over the next decade, the Trust will deliver a real improvement to the rivers, floodplains and hills of this very special part of England.