The Aire Rivers Trust has a unique role as a voluntary body set up to help improve the quality of the River Aire and its catchment, in order that all river and catchment users can enjoy a better experience of the river.
Our Vision for the River Aire
A thriving river valued for its environmental, social and economic benefits, and which is actively appreciated by the community for its diverse ecology and contribution to flood risk management.
3 Key Aims
1 Good ecological status for river and tributaries
2 Reduced risk and consequences of flooding
3 Improved community appreciation of the river
We oversee the continuing regeneration of the river and its tributaries following our industrial past. The river has improved dramatically over the last 40 years and we aim to continue the journey back to a pristine watercourse that residents can be proud of.
We were set up in 2011 to carry out projects that improve the condition of the river for its wildlife and for people to enjoy.
We are involved in saving some of the country’s most endangered species and preventing pollution by working with local people, businesses and landowners close to the river. The catchment has been modified over many years and our work to return the River Aire to its natural state contributes to reducing flood risk.
Much of our work involves education and explaining to people how the River Aire effects our economy and well-being, and what steps we can do to protect our watercourses.
We rely entirely on grants, fund raising activities and donations to carry out our work.