The Covid 19 outbreak and the important measures introduced by the Government are hitting hard across a range of UK businesses and firms. The Mersey Rivers Trust (MRT) has worked hard to deliver our projects and initiatives and for the last 10 days all staff have been working from home. We are committed to continuing our excellent progress and improvements to the rivers in the Mersey Catchment, however following a review of our activities and workload we have reluctantly decided to “Furlough” a number of MRT staff under the terms of the Government’s “Job Retention Scheme”. The Trust will maintain a small team of staff to carry out desk based engagement with our partners and funders in addition to managing the Trust.

The above measures will help to
• Protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and the public by not travelling and working outdoors
• Ensure a strong future for the Trust by retaining all of our staff and allowing us to continue our important work as soon as possible
• Provide the best service to our partners, funders and volunteers during this difficult time.

If you need to contact the Trust please do so via our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address and not via your normal MRT contact.

We suspended all of our volunteer activities several weeks ago to protect the health and wellbeing of volunteers. We will keep in touch with our volunteers and arrange new events as soon as this becomes possible.

We will continue our online communications and continue with online hosting of the Lower Mersey, Upper Mersey and Alt Crossens CaBa partnerships, plus online engagement with the River Bollin BEACON group. We will continue to engage with our partners online as far as possible.

Your help and understanding would be appreciated under these exceptional circumstances which we hope will end as soon as possible.

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Mersey Rivers Trust staff went to St Cecilia's Junior School in Liverpool on Monday 2nd March to talk to Year 4s about why rivers are important, what pressures they face and what they can do to help keep rivers healthy. We also took along some invertebrates from a local brook, including Cased and Caseless Caddis, Olive Baetidae and Freshwater Shrimp. The children loved looking at them and identifying the different species. Great to see so many kids enthusiastic about the environment!

We will be back there on 25th March as guest judges when the children present their ideas about river conservation at the end of the topic.

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On 3rd March, an engagement event for farmers in the seven priority catchments as part of the Upper Weaver Water Friendly Farming project was held at Lord Combermere pub, Audlem and co-hosted by Severn Rivers Trust and Mersey Rivers Trust.  

United Utilities, Mersey Rivers Trust and Severn Rivers Trust are working in partnership to help protect and improve water quality in the Upper Weaver catchments in Cheshire.  This project is working with farms in the Ash BrookCheckley BrookValley Brook (source to Englesea Brook), Englesea BrookBirchall BrookBickley Brook and Duckow catchments.

There was a presentation given by both Mersey Rivers Trust and Severn Rivers Trust Farm Advisors to those present, and time during the presentation and at the end of the talk to ask questions and discuss grant options that could be implemented on each farm.  There were 19 farmers that attended, and all enjoyed the opportunity to find out more about the grant and also have 1-2-1 time to discuss thier individual farm needs with an advisor.  Some farmers also booked a farm walkover visit on the evening.  The Pie and Pint was also delicious, and thanks to the Lord Combermere for thier hospitality.

For more information on how you could get involved in this grant scheme please visit out webpage here, or to book a visit today please contact us here.

2019 - another successful year!

On behalf of the Mersey Rivers Trust, we would like to say a massive thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for their help and support during 2019. Together, your dedication and hard work has delivered some fantastic improvements to the river environment across the Mersey catchment, helping local communities to enjoy their local river. We cannot achieve any of these successes without your help– so many very thanks for giving up your precious time to improve the Mersey rivers for people and wildlife. It is very much appreciated and we look forward to your continued support during 2020. Please see our website for details of the latest volunteer events.
Thank you!
Paul Henbrey and John Sanders
Co-Directors, MRT

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