Tyne Rivers Trust engages local people and communities in everything we do. People are an essential source of knowledge and enthusiasm to protect and enhance their local river – we call this citizen science. We also work to build knowledge and understanding of rivers and catchments so that local communities can bring informed views and capture essential data to help safeguard and look after their rivers. These people are our eyes and ears on the river bank and often come together to form River Watch groups.
We also try to engage and educate those who do not understand the importance and value of our rivers. Through learning more about rivers and how they function, people can protect their homes, gain a depth of knowledge which makes it all even more interesting, improve their livelihoods and enjoy their countryside.
We spread the message about our rivers at public events, like the Northumberland County Show, and at specially planned events like Try It Days, where we encourage people to come along and learn more about their local stretch of river, the creatures that live in it and the recreational opportunities there.