Help us to preserve one of our loveliest rivers
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.
The 2014 River Walk
A very pleasant and successful River Walk
at Aramstone on the
evening of Tuesday
15th July. Speakers Heather Hurley and David Lovelace
provided interesting information, and participants also enjoyed a fascinating
tour of the racing stables given by Venetia Williams herself. Photos
will be posted soon, but meanwhile, the pictures here
give an excellent taste of the occasion.
Look out for Herefordshire Country Fair, to be held on 3rd August 2014 at Caradoc Court, Sellack near Ross on Wye.
For more information, look here.
Hereford Trow latest:
to see the bulletin of the Friends Of The Hereford Bull for May 2014,
with an account of the launch. There are pictures and links to more
pictures and a video, as well as news of a TV programme and even an
The most up-to-date information is to be had at:
From Tony Norman:
There is still some red on the map but:
We have managed 100 miles of cleaned up river by the end of our 2014
campaign!! and this in spite of missing a month at the start with
In fact, we may have done more, because I still get reports of little
groups or individuals having cleared more riverbank.
We do not always get all the details, but of the stats that we have been
able to record:
200+ miles of riverbank have been cleared by:
·181 volunteers, spending
·over 850 hours picking up
· 620 sacks/large items of rubbish
Over 60% of it came off farms (Silage wrap, string, feed buckets, feed
and fertiliser bags etc)
A very special thank you to all those that have often
driven many miles in all weathers to help out.
Thank you also for the support given, in many different ways, to this
project by so many people.
This is the 10th year of the project and the 4th that we have aimed at
clearing a hundred miles each year.
It has seen over 800 volunteers clear well over 3000 sacks of rubbish
from our rivers.
2015 will see us do the final 100 miles of the Wye:
A few lengths we have missed this year, the Trothy, the Garren and the
main Wye from Mordiford down to Chepstow.
Once more we shall need a lot of help - especially in canoes!
All the best
Wye and Usk
Tuesday 29th April the Hereford Trow was successfully launched
near the Victoria Bridge in Hereford, by the Friends of
The Hereford Bull. Below are some pictures taken at the
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
Some groups have volunteered to do their own lengths and have still to
These are the dates that will take us up to the end of the 2014 Wye
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
Tues April 29th- Neville Arms- Abbeydore
Wed April 30th- Park Hotel, Pandy to support a large group of
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
(Wye and Usk
(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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
is a copy of Lord Moran's obituary in The Times and here
is the one from The Telegraph
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
(with the EA)
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
Follow progress and see the project.
Volunteers that want to work on the Monnow contact Rob Denny
Another link on flooding:
for article. Also, there was an interview with George Monbiot on the BBC's
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
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
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
For those that would be interested to go out on the
Monnow catchment please contact Rob
For more up-to-date information, follow Tony
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
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
- 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:
(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.
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.
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
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
, (Logaston Press, 2008).
and pleasant socialising followed the presentation, to complete a very
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.
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.
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!
We're already drumming up custom for next year's LitterPick. See this leaflet
for more information!
more information see:
Keep Wales Tidy and
to follow progress, please see WUF
Recent RWPT AGM:
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.
The Proposed Severn Barrage is being
discussed again. Here
is the recent submission against it by the Wye
and Usk Foundation
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
The proposed Water Bill
Sunday Times has published a couple of articles of interest to those
concerned with the health of rivers. Click here
to see them.
RWPT AGM 2012
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.
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
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
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...
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:
the official naming of the Trow see
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
A few pictures from
Below: drums of
in all, what a
danger to aquatic life!
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.
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.
A very enjoyable
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
successful summer walk was
the River Monnow at Monnow Lodge, Walterstone, on Sunday 14
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.
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
caused a storm of controversy.
Read more here.
The Nation's favourite river
Wye was voted the nation's favourite river. See more
BBC: 'Timeless' river Wye is voted the public's favourite,
There is also a good YouTube video here,
and an article from
The Country Life
( in the Town & Country Section, November 2010) here.
Last winter's pictures of the frozen Wye:
... and round about:
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
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
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.
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:
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
for more information
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
plans for it.
Last Autumn we published our book, Landscape Origins of the
Wye Valley. For more details, including how to order, click here:
hurry! There are no hard backs left, and only a very few hundred soft backs!
See pictures of the