The Trust was formed by a small group of volunteers who wanted to build on the work of angling clubs and other local groups interested in improving and maintaining the ecology of the rivers and banks in the South Wales valleys. Our main focus is on the Ebbw, Sirhowy, Rhymney, Taff, Rhondda and Ely rivers which flow into the Severn between Newport and Cardiff.
The main problems we face are litter, pollution and invasive plants and animals. However, we are also working open up the rivers to migrating fish, providing bypasses or easements at the weirs, and replacing the spawning grounds at the headwaters which have been lost over the years.
An important part of our work is to encourage local communities and schoolchildren to learn about and value their local rivers and streams, and the water environment in general.
Our work not only benefits the environment in and around the rivers, but also provides economic benefit through recreation and tourism, as well as benefitting the local communities by improving their access to the natural environment.