We work with people and communities to protect and enhance the River Tyne and its tributaries, so they are healthy, biodiverse, and an asset for present and future generations.
We were created in 2004 when the second Tyne Tunnel project was being developed. There was concern that building the tunnel would have a significant impact on the river’s ecosystem, particularly for migratory fish. To mitigate for this impact the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority set aside £250,000 to fund river habitat improvements in the rest of the Tyne catchment, plus the provision of a fish pass at Hexham bridge.Tyne Rivers Trust was established using this funding, and has used the money as it was intended in improving the catchment’s rivers.By 2007 we were applying for funding from other sources in order to expand our range and scope of work. Now, with the Tyne Tunnel money almost all spent, the majority of our project funding comes from private charitable sources or from Government agencies for specific projects.The Tyne Catchment affects people in all surrounding areas. Whilst the ‘clean up’ of the Tyne in the last 30 years has been impressive, many of its water bodies remain ‘highly modified’ or fail to meet the Good Ecological Status now demanded by the Water Framework Directive.
There is still much to do.