Healthy  Rivers Trust and Mersey Basin Rivers Trust are given green light for merger

Two well-known local river charities, Healthy  Rivers Trust and the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust, have been given the green light to launch a new rivers trust, to be formally known as Mersey Rivers Trust.

Working as one, the new trust will operate in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Liverpool City region, focussing on cleaning up the River Mersey and its tributaries, including the Rivers Irwell, Goyt, Bollin and Alt.

Paul Henbrey, Director of Healthy  Rivers Trust, said: "The clean-up challenge in the Mersey corridor is huge and presents many opportunities for collaboration and partnership working. By combining the skills and resources of both trusts, we can have a greater impact on the health of our rivers."

Going forward, Mersey Rivers Trust will continue to support the Catchment Based Approach, whilst strengthening its links with local communities and volunteers through the delivery of river clean-ups and its River Guardian volunteering programme. The trust will continue its awareness building campaign with Love my River – Call of Nature – which raises awareness on the impact of septic tanks, whilst continuing to deliver river walk overs to identify and report pollution sources.

Paul added: "We are really keen to work with regulators, industry and other partners to deliver more water quality improvements on the North West rivers and to help meet the challenges of the Water Framework Directive. The new trust will also help us strengthen our commitments on existing projects, such as the ten-year EU Life funded Natural Course project."


From now on, we will be called the Mersey Rivers Trust.

MayTheFourthMay the 4th be with you

A public event in Platt Fields Park on 4th May will use the Local Action Project's BOUNTY mapping to explore opportunities for South Manchester's Brooks. 

If you would like to join in the event, which is taking place in the Platt Fields Visitor Centre from 10am to 2pm on 4th may, please book your place including lunch here.  

Chorlton Brook




Free tea and cake!

 Tea Cake Leaflet

We are inviting locals to join us for tea and cake in Haskayne Village Hall on Saturday 18th March. This event is for local people to learn more about water quality, and to have an enjoyable afternoon.  

There's a treasure hunt and stickers for anyone who comes along, and it's all free! 


If you live or work nearby, please pop in and say hello. 


Where: Haskayne Village Hall,

109 School Lane, Downholland, L39 7JE

When: 1pm to 4pm on 18th March


Call of Nature