About Us

Set up in 1996, Eden Rivers Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to improving and protecting the River Eden, its tributaries and lakes in the Eden Valley, Cumbria making it a better place for people and wildlife.

Eden is a unique network of rivers that is essential to the life blood of the area supporting internationally important habitats and their wildlife.

Proud to be part of the Rivers Trust movement, we are one of 60 local river trusts across the UK and Ireland.

We work with a wide range of partners including government agencies and other organisations, individuals and local community groups with the aim of delivering a sustainable and integrated approach to managing Eden’s rivers and the surrounding land.  Working in partnership is essential to enable us to deliver innovative and creative environmental projects in our rivers, their catchments and local communities.


Working together we …

Connect people with rivers  – increasing understanding of how rivers work, encouraging people’s enjoyment of the amazing wildlife and special places and inspiring them to take action and help care for our rivers.

Improve the natural processes within the Eden catchment, on land as well as in the river, nurturing wildlife habitats, reducing flood risk and providing cleaner water.

Protect the Eden’s unique and iconic biodiversity, ensuring our native plants and animals survive and thrive.

… this brings us one step closer to achieving our vision –  ‘A Healthy Eden for All’.

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Key Facts

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Eden Rivers Trust

Eden Rivers Trust was established on 12th October 1996 with just 1 member of staff and a board of trustees

river restoration

The early days

After significant pollution of Ploughlands Beck in the Upper Eden, over £200k compensation was entrusted to Eden Rivers Trust to help restore the river.

the trust today

The Trust today

13 staff team, 200+ volunteers, 11 trustees

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Since 1996...

200 river improvements

500+ river improvement projects completed

schools involved

70 schools learnt about rivers/ involved in conservation work

trees planted

105,000+ trees planted

people engaged

38,000+ people engaged


210km+ of fencing erected

2 million gallons

2millon+ gallons of contaminated water diverted away from the river