About

From Fell-side to Teesside, The Tees Rivers Trust is the only conservation body committed solely to the management and improvement of the whole of the Tees Catchment. The Trust’ purpose is to improve and conserve the water quality and habitat of the Tees and its tributaries. We work with many partners to achieve this and we benefit from the goodwill of volunteers in delivering projects.The Tees drains an area of almost 2000km2 and receives water that has flowed through or over a huge range of landscapes. We are working at a whole-catchment scale to improve the river. This means working with people such as land managers, farmers and planners as closely as we do with those directly involved with the river.

Simply put, we love the Tees and want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved with their river!

The Tees Rivers Trust was established in 2008 by a group of 9 like-minded people with the aim of improving the River Tees. The Trustees successfully applied for charitable status in 2009. With the help of a donation from Morrisons Plc, matched with seed-corn funding from the Environment Agency, in April 2010 the Trust employed its first full time member of staff. The staff team grew rapidly over the next 2 years and we currently employ 3 full time and 3 part time staff.

The Trustees meet quarterly and hold an AGM in October. There are currently seven Trustees on the board representing a wide range of skills and interest.

The Trusts work is funded through private donations, fund-raising activities, applications to grant making bodies and partnership work. Every penny helps towards improving the River Tees Catchment and we are very grateful for anything people can do to help or contribute. If you would like to make a donation to the Trust, please click here. You can also raise funds at no extra cost to you when shopping online using the Easyfundraiser tool.


If you would like to become a volunteers details are on our contact us page.

Dave Simpson – Chairman

Prof Ed Maltby

Paul Zissler

Richard Wilson

Mark Hannaford

Dr Martyn Lucas

Chris Noble

Ben Ben has been with the Tees Rivers Trust since 2010 and came to the Tees after three years with South Cumbria Rivers Trust. He is originally from Nottinghamshire but has happily defected to Co Durham. He has a background in agriculture and horticulture and is interested in interactions between agriculture and the water environment. Ben is leading on the Catchment Partnership work.

Tel: 01325 787651 / 07900 650371

Email: benlamb@teesriverstrust.org

Richard Richard joined the Trust in 2012 and has brought a wealth of experience in agriculture, fisheries and practical habitat techniques. Richard grew up on a mixed farm in Northampton and worked for 18 years with the Environment Agency as a fisheries officer. He is currently leading on the Trust’s diffuse rural pollution projects and helping to develop our fisheries projects.

Tel: 07879 648354

Email: richard.holmes@teesriverstrust.org

John John joined the Trust in 2012 to head up our Invasive Species Initiative. A native of Gateshead, John has worked all round the country for Keep Britain Tidy and has a background in horticulture and marine biology.

Tel: 07786 005406

Email: johnmusham@teesriverstrust.org

Sara Sara joined the Trust in 2013 to lead on the delivery of our Riverlab education project. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with many years experience and specialises in environmental sciences and art. Sara is keen to build the Trusts educational work and introduce as many pupils as possible the fantastic world of the river.

Tel: 01325 787651

Email: sara@teesriverstrust.org

Sara James was introduced to our work on the River Leven whilst he was taking part in the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks Apprentice Scheme. After completing a further 2 years of work experience in forestry and landscaping, we were really pleased that he was able to bring his skills to the Trust in early 2017. James is involved with electrofishing, tree felling and instream habitat works.

Kate joined the Trust in April 2017 and is our Finance Administrator and Business Development Officer. Kate has an extensive background in product design and development from Landrovers to aircraft and will be bringing her skills in corporate affairs to help develop the Trust’ into the future.

Tel: 01325 787651

Email: kate@teesriverstrust.org

Your Tees

Water. Drink, wash, flush, splash, swim…. Some enjoy it, some don’t, we all use it and we all need it. Looking after our waters and the landscape that they drain over and run through makes sense in many ways. It is cheaper to process cleaner water. Clean water in natural channels supports much more life than dirty water in straight drainage ditches. More life in the water means a good supply of food for other animals on land or in the air. More life in the water also attracts people to use it, visit it and enjoy it. It is a resource that will reward if it is looked after.
Now is your chance to help us to look after it…

Your Tees Catchment Partnership (YTCP) is one of 106 such partnerships in England and Wales. The YTCP was established following an announcement from DEFRA of a policy adoption to support and develop the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to managing and rehabilitating rivers.
All of the partnerships host organisations received some seed funded from DEFRA in 2013 to begin building the initiative. The Tees Rivers Trust is proud to be the host organisation for the YTCP.

The CaBA is recognised as having the potential to empower people to have a voice and influence how their local river is managed. Sitting behind this initiative is the European Water Framework Directive. More on that can be found here, but in a nutshell, the UK have committed to bringing all surface and ground waterbodies into good ecological status by 2027.

Now. The YTCP held their first steering group meeting in October 2014. The next meeting will be held in November 2014 and will begin to prioritise specific projects with an aim to start delivery in 2015.

The YTCP welcomes all-comers to join in and help influence its work. The structure of the steering group and a list of organisations who have taken part so far will be available on the YTCP website in the coming months.

We need your input and involvement to help make this happen. Although in its early stages, we welcome comments and questions and suggestions. In the first instance, please contact Ben Lamb directly.

From Fell-side to Teesside, The Tees Rivers Trust is the only conservation body committed solely to the management and improvement of the whole of the Tees Catchment. The Trust’ purpose is to improve and conserve the water quality and habitat of the Tees and its tributaries. We work with many partners to achieve this and we benefit from the goodwill of volunteers in delivering projects.The Tees drains an area of almost 2000km2 and receives water that has flowed through or over a huge range of landscapes. We are working at a whole-catchment scale to improve the river. This means working with people such as land managers, farmers and planners as closely as we do with those directly involved with the river.

Simply put, we love the Tees and want to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved with their river!

The Tees Rivers Trust was established in 2008 by a group of 9 like-minded people with the aim of improving the River Tees. The Trustees successfully applied for charitable status in 2009. With the help of a donation from Morrisons Plc, matched with seed-corn funding from the Environment Agency, in April 2010 the Trust employed its first full time member of staff. The staff team grew rapidly over the next 2 years and we currently employ 3 full time and one part time staff.

The Trustees meet quarterly and hold an AGM in October. There are currently nine Trustees on the board representing a wide range of skills and interest. The Trust does not have a membership but is developing a Friends of the Tees and a Corporate Patronage scheme.

The Trusts work is funded through private donations, fund-raising activities, applications to grant making bodies and partnership work with the Environment Agency.

Dave Simpson – Chairman

Prof Ed Maltby

Paul Zissler

Hon Harry Vane

Richard Wilson

Doug Slater

Mark Hannaford

BenBen has been with the Tees Rivers Trust since 2010 and came to the Tees after three years with South Cumbria Rivers Trust. He is originally from Nottinghamshire but has happily defected to Co Durham. He has a background in agriculture and horticulture and is interested in interactions between agriculture and the water environment. Ben is leading on the Catchment Partnership work.

Tel: 01325 787651 / 07900 650371

Email: benlamb@teesriverstrust.org

Richard

Richard joined the Trust in 2012 and has brought a wealth of experience in agriculture, fisheries and practical habitat techniques. Richard grew up on a mixed farm in Northampton and worked for 18 years with the Environment Agency as a fisheries officer. He is currently leading on the Trust’s diffuse rural pollution projects and helping to develop our fisheries projects.

Tel: 07879 648354

Email: richard.holmes@teesriverstrust.org

John

John joined the Trust in 2012 to head up our Invasive Species Initiative. A native of Gateshead, John has worked all round the country for Keep Britain Tidy and has a background in horticulture and marine biology.

Tel: 07786 005406

Email: johnmusham@teesriverstrust.org

Sara

Sara joined the Trust in 2013 to lead on the delivery of our Riverlab education project. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with many years experience and specialises in environmental sciences and art. Sara is keen to build the Trusts educational work and introduce as many pupils as possible the fantastic world of the river.

Tel: 01325 787651

Email: sara@teesriverstrust.org

Kate joined the Trust in April 2017 and is our Finance Administrator and Business Development Officer. Kate has an extensive background in product design and development from Landrovers to aircraft and will be bringing her skills in corporate affairs to help develop the Trust’ into the future.

Tel: 01325 787651

Email: kate@teesriverstrust.org

Water. Drink, wash, flush, splash, swim…. Some enjoy it, some don’t, we all use it and we all need it. Looking after our waters and the landscape that they drain over and run through makes sense in many ways. It is cheaper to process cleaner water. Clean water in natural channels supports much more life than dirty water in straight drainage ditches. More life in the water means a good supply of food for other animals on land or in the air. More life in the water also attracts people to use it, visit it and enjoy it. It is a resource that will reward if it is looked after.
Now is your chance to help us to look after it…

Your Tees Catchment Partnership (YTCP) is one of 106 such partnerships in England and Wales. The YTCP was established following an announcement from DEFRA of a policy adoption to support and develop the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to managing and rehabilitating rivers.
All of the partnerships host organisations received some seed funded from DEFRA in 2013 to begin building the initiative. The Tees Rivers Trust is proud to be the host organisation for the YTCP.

The CaBA is recognised as having the potential to empower people to have a voice and influence how their local river is managed. Sitting behind this initiative is the European Water Framework Directive. More on that can be found here, but in a nutshell, the UK have committed to bringing all surface and ground waterbodies into good ecological status by 2027.

Now. The YTCP held their first steering group meeting in October 2014. The next meeting will be held in November 2014 and will begin to prioritise specific projects with an aim to start delivery in 2015.

The YTCP welcomes all-comers to join in and help influence its work. The structure of the steering group and a list of organisations who have taken part so far will be available on the YTCP website in the coming months.

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We need your input and involvement to help make this happen. Although in its early stages, we welcome comments and questions and suggestions. In the first instance, please contact Ben Lamb directly.