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an essential part of our national heritage

Welcome to our web page! We are a small group of people whose concern is with the River Wye and its tributaries, from its source at Plynlimon in the Welsh hills to its mouth in the Severn Estuary at Chepstow. Read more about us here.

Litter Pick latest:

The most up-to-date information is to be had at:

  http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litter-2014.php

Why bother?
http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/Why_clean_up_litter.pdf

From Tony Norman

Well over 100 volunteers (at different times) have been all the way down the right bank of the Wye from Glasbury to Holme Lacy bridge.
They have cleaned the river from canoes for well over half that length and completed most of the length on the left bank.

There are still a couple of syndicates to report back in but now the undergrowth is beginning to get rampant-
-with nettles getting well over ankle height it is difficult to see the rubbish and uncomfortable picking it up!

So we have left the Wye for the time being (unless there are any more canoeists who could help us)
and concentrate our efforts on the Monnow, where things run a little later.

Some groups have volunteered to do their own lengths and have still to report in.
These are the dates that will take us up to the end of the 2014 Wye litter campaign.

Tues, April 15th-Bridge Inn Michaelchurch Escley.
Sat April 19th-Crown Inn, Longtown
Tues. April 22nd-Crown Inn, Longtown
Wed  April 23rd- WUF office, Talgarth- (2pm)
Sat April 26th- Tregate Bridge on the Monnow to support Angling Club  (10.30 am)
Tues April 29th- Neville Arms- Abbeydore
Wed April 30th- Park Hotel, Pandy to support a large group of volunteers.


Unless shown otherwise all meetings will be at 10am. Wear suitable clothing (wellies) and bring food and drink

Please let me know if you are planning to come along.

If you can't come, pick up the litter wherever you are and tell us about it.

Tony
(Wye and Usk Foundation)

 

       ISAC (Irfon Special Area of Conservation) Project Report is now out, published by the Wye and Usk Foundation. For a pdf copy of the report, click here.

 

The Wye Valley River Festival - Latest

Saturday 3 May to Sunday 18 May 2014
"Flowing through communities from Hereford to Chepstow"

The timetable can be found here, and more detail can be found here. There is also a list of funders and some information on volunteering, which would be very much welcomed! If you would like to be involved, there is an open meeting, details of which can be found here.

 

 

The funeral of Lord Moran, one of the founding members of our Trust, was held at St Cewydd's Church, Aberdw at 3pm on Saturday 22 March. Further details can be had from the funeral directors, N R Hope & Sons, Llwynglas, Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys LD1 6LH, Tel. 01597 860548, or email jwilson@sourcesquared.com

Here is a copy of Lord Moran's obituary in The Times and here is the one from The Telegraph 

 

Litter Pick latest:

Tony Norman says: We have covered the first 10 miles of the Wye down from Hay and picked nearly 100 bags or large items of litter already. Just another 90 miles to go!

There is so much more to do that:
We need to find more owners, syndicates, clubs, groups of people to clear their own stretches.
We have had a pretty good response so far, but we need more.

Next meet: Meet at the Red Lion Bredwardine 10 am
March 28th (with the EA)

Then:

Sat March 29th support canoes from Hay to the the Boat Inn Whitney
(I am grateful to have the full support of 'Paddles and Peddles' Hay on Wye -for this)

Tues April 1st at the Red Lion

Sat April 5th support canoes from Boat Inn Whitney to Cannon Bridge

Tues April 8th at Bridge Sollars

Wed April 9th support Angling Trust on the Monnow

Sat April 12th support canoes from Cannon Bridge to Luckshall

All at 10 am


Please let Tony know (bring food/drink/suitable clothing/wellies)


Tony would like to find more owners, syndicates, clubs, groups that could clear their own stretch--anywhere on the Wye.

This message now goes out to over 150 people that have expressed an interest in the project-please let me know if you no longer want to receive these 'updates'

Follow progress and see the project.
http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litterclearups.php

Volunteers that want to work on the Monnow contact Rob Denny         robert.denny@virgin.net


Another link on flooding:
Click here for article. Also, there was an interview with George Monbiot on the BBC's Today programme, Friday 7 March, 2014. The programme is 3 hours long, and the interview comes at about 16½ minutes before the end, i.e. at 2:43:30 .



This satellite image, taken on 16 February, shows where our soil goes once it's been washed off our fields. Photograph: Dundee Satellite Receiving Station

 

Causes of flooding: please read this important article on the causes of  our recent and ongoing flooding problems. Click here

Lugg at Mordiford Jan 2014  Hampton Bishop Jan 2014

Lugg at Mordiford Jan 2014        Hampton Bishop Jan 2014

 

LATEST NEWS (from Tony Norman)

Preparations have been going on and we have full cooperation of Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire County Councils. Staff from Keep Wales Tidy have agreed to support us where they can and the River Wye Preservation Trust have very generously supported us, again.

The staff at the WUF office thankfully field much of the organisation, web/blog management and publicity. The Monnow Rivers Association have given us full backing and will be organising much of the work on the Monnow.

I have already had 4 groups that have agreed to turn out from their offices to lend a hand. I have enthusiasm from 1 town so far to clear their own area. Some fishery owners/clubs have agreed to clear their own lengths and a canoe company has agreed to lend a hand. Other organisations and many individuals have offered to help as well. So we should be able to make a start!

I still need beat owners/tenants/clubs/syndicates/groups/individuals to offer to clear their own stretches - anywhere on the Wye.

For the 'bank walkers' we will publish dates as we go along..

For those that would be interested to go out on the Monnow catchment please contact Rob Denny at 

For more up-to-date information, follow Tony on

http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litterclearups.php

 

Litter Pick:

2014 Wye Litter the next 100 miles

Tony Norman writes:

This will be the 4th year of this part of the project. Between early February (after the winter floods!!) and the end of April (when birds are nesting) we shall tackle the next 100 miles of river and stream.
We shall attempt to remove all the rubbish to add to the 100 tons or so that we have taken out of the rivers so far.

- This year we shall do Llangorse lake and the Lynfi system (missed last year)
- The main stem of the Wye from Hay down to Mordiford and
- The Monnow system

So I am looking for volunteers again to help me do it. I can organise the days out, provide the litter picking kit, the bags to put it in, and dispose of it.

The best help I can have is for a group (such as a fishing syndicate or an owner) to just clear their own stretch and report the stats to me.

The next best is to come along on an organised day out (usually twice a week) to help out, and preferably bring someone with you.

The next best is to persuade someone else to come along.

If nothing else, pick up the rubbish wherever you are.

Dates, times and venues (and a blog and map) will be on the WUF website:
http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litterclearups.php               
(still to be updated)

First dates    Tues Feb 4th
                        Sat. Feb  8th
Time 10 am   Venue Boat Inn Whitney on Wye (wear wellies, bring packed lunch)


Please email Tony if you feel you can help.


 

Statutory SSSI notification documents:

Here is a link to the Natural England website where you can find information on SSSI and SAC Notification documents: click here

Here is a link to the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) website where you can find information on SSSIs relevant to the River Wye and its tributaries in Wales, whether by county, by designation type, or by name. Click here. For example, here is a list of resources on the Lower Wye, while here are resources around Plynlimon, the source of the Wye. 

 

RWPT AGM 2013

The Trust's 2013 AGM was held on Thursday evening 21st November, at the Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop, chaired by our Vice President, Sir Colin Shepherd.  After the formal business we enjoyed an illustrated talk by Heather Hurley on "River Trade and Transport on the Wye from Symonds Yat to Glasbury", featuring the barges used, the cargoes carried and the wharf sites. Heather is the author of Herefordshire’s River Trade: Craft and Cargo on the Wye & Lugg, (Logaston Press, 2013), and editor of the Trust's own Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley , (Logaston Press, 2008).

Light refreshments and pleasant socialising followed the presentation, to complete a very pleasant evening.

     

    

 

Water Voles on the Wye

The Monnow Rivers Association together with the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) has cause to celebrate the fact that it has received a funding boost to implement its Water Voles on the Wye project. See here for an article from the Ross Gazette, 14 August, 2013.

 

wpe2.jpg (28138 bytes)River Walk 2013 Symonds Yat 

A very enjoyable walk was held at Symonds Yat, led by Nic Howes, a geographer who walks through landscapes and interprets what is encountered. We covered both sides of the river, looking at the remains of the station and platform of the old Wye Valley Railway at Symonds Yat East before crossing on the hand ferry to Symonds Yat West. We saw the excavations of the New Weir Forge that have recently been carried out as part of the Overlooking the Wye Project, completed at the beginning of this year. We finished with a very enjoyable picnic, cruising up the river, with an excellent commentary provided by Kingfisher Cruises.


Here are a few pictures. More will follow!

   

   

 

   

 

News for canoeists: see here for opinion on new charges

 

The Big Wye Litter Pick 2013   

Latest from Tony Norman, 17/05/2013:

Well, we didn't quite finish it but I think you will agree that the figures speak for themselves.

http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litter-2013.php

A tremendous effort by all concerned.

That makes well over 600 volunteers clearing over 700 miles of river bank so far in the project (2004-13)

Another 2 years should do it!

Thank you
Tony

We're already drumming up custom for next year's LitterPick. See this leaflet for more information!

For more information see: Keep Wales Tidy and WUF, and to follow progress, please see WUF litter clear-ups.


.Wye Litter Clearup 2013  Wye Litter Clearup 2013

 Wye Llitter Clearup 2013

Recent RWPT AGM:

Here is a summary of Dr Louise Manning's excellent talk given at the AGM. It makes interesting reading whether or not you were able to make the meeting! Very many thanks to Dr Manning both for giving the presentation and for providing the summary. 

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The Proposed Severn Barrage is being discussed again. Here is the recent submission against it by the Wye and Usk Foundation 

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The Wye Invader rides again!

Or it sails actually. It was caught on camera a few days ago floating down the Wye towards the Severn, where it is destined eventually for a dry dock. It was last seen moored at Symonds Yat. More information can be found here and here.

              

 

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The proposed Water Bill

The Sunday Times has published a couple of articles of interest to those concerned with the health of rivers. Click here and here to see them.

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RWPT AGM 2012

bunch-of-carrots.jpg (27397 bytes) The 2012 AGM of the Trust took place at the Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop, at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 29th November

After the formal business of the AGM had been concluded there was an excellent presentation by Dr Louise Manning on Water from the Wye - Uses and Abuses.  Dr Louise Manning, the wife of a Herefordshire farmer, is currently Lecturer in the Management of Food Production at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. 

She specialises in all aspects of sustainable food production and is well informed on current water management issues that affect agriculture and horticulture including the changes that will be required under the Water Framework Directive. She has clear views on the proposed centralisation of Navigation Authorities and the likely changes that will result from the formation, in Wales, of the new body that will combine the current responsibilities exercised by the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and CCW. 

Water extraction, irrigation, diffuse and direct pollution and Catchment Sensitive Farming Initiatives are all issues on which she has strong views.  

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We have some pictures of our stall at the Jubilee event in Hereford earlier this year, and also of our stall at the County show:

    

 

      

 

Advance notice on the Big Wye Litter Pick 2013   

It is proposed that this will take place Feb 1st to April 31st, as last year, with the support again of Keep Wales Tidy and WUF, as well as the RWPT. The pick would involve the Ithon, Irfon, Edw etc. and the main stem of the Wye down to Hay, thus completing the Welsh end of the river. This will be the 3rd hundred mile pickup and is now involving many, many volunteers across a whole range of river users and interests. Here is the press release after last year's successful pick, and, in case you're not convinced, here are the reasons why.

 

A little bit of Sci-fi fun:

Filmed in the 1980s near Hole-in-the-Wall on the banks of the Wye near Ross. Just in the first 5 minutes, mind: after that our heroes seem to stroll seamlessly from the banks of our very own Wye into a village near Interlaken in Switzerland. Never mind that the whole thing is dubbed into German - no one really needs the script! Click here to see the terrifying Tripods...

 

The replica Wye Trow “The Hereford Bull” on the Thames

Someone was watching! Here is a wonderful close-up picture we were sent by a member of the public:

The Hereford Times published a very nice clip on their web page. It lasts just under 5 minutes. To see it, click here

And here are a few more images:

      

 

 

For  the official naming of the Trow see here

 

 

THE BIG UPPER WYE CLEAR UP COMPLETED!

The twelve-week initiative to clear litter from the upper river Wye has been successfully completed. 

From the start of February, groups of volunteers organised by the Wye & Usk Foundation (WUF) with support from Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) and the River Wye Preservation Trust (RWPT), have been removing litter from the river’s source at Plynlimon downstream to Builth Wells and beyond, including the tributary streams. In addition to the practical benefits of removing the litter, The Big Upper Wye Litter Clear Up also draws attention to the amount of rubbish and other pollutants being allowed to enter the highly protected river Wye. 

116 volunteers were involved in the project, and 596 sacks of litter and larger items were removed from 103 miles of river and stream.

Big items: a car radiator, a lawnmower and a deep freeze. 
Worryingly: several drums containing agricultural and mechanical chemicals that damage the aquatic environment. 

Over 60% of the litter is believed to be of agricultural origin. 
Last year in a similar exercise on the rivers Lugg and Arrow 220 volunteers cleared 767 sacks of rubbish from another 100 miles of river and stream, 61% of which was agricultural.

See the full press release here.

Congratulations to Tony Norman, who initiated and ran the campaign!

For more information, here is a blog and map:  http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/bigupperwyeclearup.php

 

A few pictures from the expeditions:

Setting off:      Setting off for the source of the Wye with snow on Plynlimon behind

 

 

Below: drums of chemicals   

     

     

in all, what a danger to aquatic life!

 

More pictures below:

             Clean up Doldowlod     Clean up Doldowlod     Clean up Doldowlod

        Groe Builth Upper Wye Clean up  Groe Builth Upper Wye Clean up  Groe Builth Upper Wye Clean up

        Upper Marteg clean-up  Upper Marteg clean-up  

           

              

  

A twelve week initiative to clear litter from the upper river Wye has been launched by Keep Wales Tidy and the Wye & Usk Foundation, with support from the River Wye Preservation Trust. See here for more details.

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Stephen_Marsh-Smith.jpg (258094 bytes)  A very enjoyable RWPT AGM was held on Friday 25th November 2011 at the Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop. After the formal business, Dr Stephen Marsh Smith OBE, executive director of the Wye & Usk Foundation, gave a presentation on the history of salmon fishing in the area, and proposed changes to the current river management systems. 

 

John Williams 22.5kb.jpg (22607 bytes)  

We regret to announce the death of John Williams, long term member and co-founder of the Trust, on Monday 5th September 2011, aged 82 years. The funeral, which was very well attended, was held on Friday 16th September at the Church of St John the Baptist, Kings Caple. 

 

The 2011 Summer Walk  

  

A successful summer walk was held on the River Monnow at Monnow Lodge, Walterstone, on Sunday 14 August at 2.15 p.m., by kind permission of Mrs V Bailey and Mr R Davies and the Monnow Rivers Association. Click here for pictures and details.

 

IMGP0378.JPG (4155710 bytes)  Minister supports local plans for River Wye. See more here

 

  The Government has withdrawn its recent consultation document on the future of England’s public forest estate, which had caused a storm of controversy. Read more here.

 

The Nation's favourite river

BBC: River Wye             

Last November, the River Wye was voted the nation's favourite river. See more

Our Rivers,  BBC: 'Timeless' river Wye is voted the public's favourite, Cotswold Life, 

County Times,  fishnewsRSPBWWF

There is also a good YouTube video here, and an article from The Country Life ( in the Town & Country Section, November 2010) here 

Wales News River Wye     RSPB: photo by Wye and Usk Foundation

 

Last winter's pictures of the frozen Wye:

Frozen Wye 25 Dec 2010       Frozen Wye 25 Dec 2010

... and round about:

    

 

2010 AGM

The Trust's AGM 2010 was held on Thursday 25 November, and we enjoyed a fascinating talk by David Lovelace on The role of rivers in the development of farming and woodland management in Herefordshire.  

 

Native Woodland Restoration in Herefordshire Summary Report  In Spring 2010, we completed the Native Woodland Restoration in Herefordshire project. Click here for the Project Summary Report. David has recently published an article on the project in the Herefordshire Nature Trust Magazine. You can read it here.

IMG_8349.jpgA very successful and enjoyable annual Trust walk was held at Caradoc, Nr Ross-on-Wye on Thursday 15th July 2010 by kind permission of Major Patrick Darling. More details here.

One of our major concerns is erosion and pollution of the river Wye, and the state of its banks. These must be reported by phone directly to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60, (24 hour service) giving location and grid reference if possible. 

 

These attractive maps of the Upper and Lower Wye would are still available: 

Upper Wye

 

Lower Wye

They can be obtained (unframed) from The River Wye Preservation Trust, 35 Link Road, Hereford, HR1 1BG, at £20 in colour as seen, or £10 in black and white. Email info@rwpt.net for more information

 

  Proposed Severn Barrage One of our recent concerns has been the Severn Barrage. We were worried not only by its possible ecological consequences, but also by whether it would even be capable of delivering what was promised for it, and we were pleased when the Government announced that they had dropped plans for it. 

 

Last Autumn we published our book, Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley. For more details, including how to order, click here:

Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley

But hurry! There are no hard backs left, and only a very few hundred soft backs! See pictures of the launch.

 

 


    

 

Monnington Loop, 8 miles upstream of Hereford

Hoawithy from Caradoc during the flood event of August 2006

 

 

 

The River Wye Preservation Trust, 35 Link Road, Hereford, HR1 1BG