River restoration work at Knepp Estate
Over the coming 8-12 months we have a wide range of activities across both rivers which we want to use to reinvigorate the task force to help with in-channel restoration projects and to help with management of the riparian habitat. The first of these activities is to be held at the Knepp Estate on the River Adur on 26th & 27th March. Joined by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Wild Trout Trust we are looking at creating in-channel enhancements for the re-meandered section of the River as it flows through the estate. This can be quite a physical activity and would involved some time in the channel fixing log deflectors and berms into the channel. In addition we will be moving trees from within the estate to the river banks to provide some shade and shelter through this currently barren stretch. The days will run from 10am to 4pm so if you you want to come and join us please bring some lunch!
Lewes Water Fair
OART, in collaboration with the Sussex Flow Initiative Project hosted the Lewes Water Fair at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes on 7th March 2015. It focused on flooding, flood resilience, water quality and water usage and brought together numerous organisations working within the Ouse & Adur Catchment focused on the water environment, including the Environment Agency, Adur & Ouse Partnership, Southern Water, South East Water, South Downs National Park, University of Brighton and Lewes District and East Sussex County Council. In addition there were displays and opportunities to speak to companies promoting Sustainable Urban Drainage products such as green roofs and permeable paving. For a full list of organisations that took part, click here……
Who we are
The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is a rivers trust formed from the amalgamation of the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society and the River Adur Conservation Society. It is a registered charity and a member of the national body now known as The Rivers Trust (formerly the Association of Rivers Trusts). OART is dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse, the River Adur, their tributaries and impoundments.
The activities of the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are diverse and include but are not limited to:
- River restoration projects
- Provision and easement of fish passage
- Riparian habitat restoration, enhancement & creation, including floodplain woodland planting
- Partnership working with the Environment Agency and other organisations on riverine projects
- Biological and chemical monitoring of water quality
- Walkover River Habitat Surveys as the basis for catchment restoration plans
- Sea trout monitoring
- Lobbying and campaigning to protect the ecology of the Ouse & Adur catchment