About us

Our vision is a rich and diverse water environment which supports a range of wildlife and inspires individuals and communities to protect and enhance their local river systems.

Our roots lie in the inspiration and dedication of a handful of individuals who independently created both the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society (1995) and River Adur Conservation Society (2007). Born from the desire to protect the ecology of the rivers, these two volunteer-based organisations recognised that joining forces was the best way to share knowledge and make a real difference. In May 2011, the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust was born and incorporated into the National Rivers Trust movement. Since then we have developed a reputation for delivering projects, from the smallest habitat enhancements to large scale river engineering projects, which are centred on providing maximum benefits for wildlife and people.

We recognise that only through working together will we achieve our vision of healthy rivers for people and wildlife.

Today, the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust has a team of committed and knowledgeable staff, governed by a board of Trustees who bring together practical knowledge, scientific understanding and an unbridled passion for all things water. Despite our rapid growth over the last decade, we remain an organisation committed to involving, inspiring and empowering individuals and communities to take ownership of their water environment. 

Take a look around our website to see the work we do, meet the team or find out how you can support your local environment by getting involved and supporting us. Every bit of support we get goes directly to improving these awe-inspiring, yet pressurised, networks of water courses, estuaries, lakes and ponds.

If you want to find out more then get in touch with us using the form below or find our details on our contact page.

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust


OART is a membership based organisation dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse and Adur including their tributaries, estuaries and still waters.

Contact us at info@oart.org.uk


The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is a registered charity (No: 1082447) formed in 2011 from the amalgamation of two long-standing local organisations, the River Adur Conservation Society and Sussex Ouse Conservation Society.