Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved and help us to protect and enhance your local rivers

As a small charity we receive no direct or guaranteed funding and our activities and projects are delivered through our membership scheme, donations and successful applications for grant funding. However, it is only the support of our members, donors and volunteers that enables us to maintain the diversity and extent of the work we do.


Join us in safeguarding the wildlife of these most beautiful Sussex rivers.

If you love rivers as much as we do, then joining the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust is one of the simplest ways to help enhance and protect the water environment in our area. Every member provides vital support and strengthens the voice of the trust helping us to achieve our aim to protect this beautiful unspoilt area of Sussex, now and in the future. 

As a member you will receive our regular newsletter, keeping you up to date with the trust’s many varied activities and providing interesting informative articles regarding wildlife and river related subjects.

Annual membership is only £20 and by using the Gift Aid facility we will benefit from an added tax bonus. This means that every £1 of membership money gives us £1.28

Joining is simple download the form and post to our new office at The Old Sawshed, Unit 7, The Old Sawyard, Parham Park, Parham, West Sussex, RH20 4RP us or for more information email

Minutes of the 2021 AGM 


Donations are key to maintaining the Trust, enabling a wide range of projects and activities to continue and ultimately enhance and protect the river habitats for both wildlife and people, now and into the future.

Whether as a one-off or through regular support, all donations go into improving our rivers and streams and their associated habitats. Every £10 could plant a tree in the ground, every £25 could pay for a suite of water quality testing and every £50 could create 5m of spawning grounds for gravel loving fish.

You can donate now by clicking the button below, choose from a specific activity or just a general donation, whatever you choose all donations go directly to improving our rivers.


Without our team of dedicated volunteers our work would be a lot harder and less successful. They provide crucial support in delivering projects as well as undertaking the monitoring and data collection we need to make good decisions. 

We are an inclusive Trust and there are activities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. All and any help is welcome. We provide all the equipment and training you need along with seriously delicious cakes and biscuits and, of course, tea.

To stay informed, sign up to our e-newsletter (below) which will give you plenty of notice of upcoming activities.


Our work is always changing but as an idea,

here are some of the things you can get involved in

If this sounds interesting and you would like to get involved then send an email to  or join our e-newsletter list by submitting the form below and we will keep you informed of upcoming events. If you haven’t got the time to volunteer but would still like to contribute, why not become a member of the Trust?

Tree planting

We love planting trees as they provide so many benefits, from shading the river and filtering pollution to reducing flood risk and storing carbon. We plant a lot of trees and this is one of our most popular activities.

Brushwood Bundles

We are always looking at ways we can recycle and reuse materials, so whenever woody material is available we mobilise to create our own brushwood bundles which we use for erosion control and other habitat creation projects.

Erosion Control

Sinking posts into the bed of the river and weaving brushwood bundles. These “berms” quickly fill with silt, creating habitat and preventing further erosion. A great activity which improves the flow dynamics of the river.

River Clean Ups

It’s amazing what you find! Our rivers are full of plastic and other debris from the surrounding area, every year we organize river cleans ups and spend a few hours transforming litter filled channels back to what they should be. 

Invasive Species Control

From “bashing” Himalayan balsam to control of Parrots feather we are always trying to eliminate and control the spread of invasive species across the catchment – a few hours of work produces immensely satisfying results. 


River Monitoring

We always need help with our water testing, collecting samples for our chemical analysis or getting involved with our biological (invertebrate) monitoring these are vital elements of our work.


Site Maintenance

Once a project has been delivered we never just walk away and leave it. We regularly revisit projects and our volunteers help us to keep them clean and undertake basic onsite management as required.


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.

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.

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