About Afonydd Cymru
Afonydd Cymru (AC) is the umbrella body that represents the six Rivers Trusts in Wales. We became a registered charity (No 1145675) on 30th January 2012. The board of trustees includes a representative from each member trust; Staffing: a chief executive officer and project/development officer manage both the day to day issues as well as seeking project funding for the six trusts on a Wales wide scale, leaving trusts to seek projects and funding locally.
AC represents the trusts with Natural Resources Wales and welsh government but above all, is the champion of Wales’ thirty-three rivers, and the many lakes and smaller watercourses. Their environment, fish and fisheries and the wide range of diverse species depend on clean water and unspoilt habitats.
Good water quality is an indication of good land use management. Sadly, in many parts of Wales there are significant numbers of pollution events on top of ongoing high levels of diffuse pollution. These problems stem from excess animal slurry, large numbers of poultry units and, in the uplands the effects of plantation forestry amplifying the effects of acid rain.
These pressing issues are the central challenges for Afonydd Cymru.
The member Rivers Trusts are:
The Clwyd, Conwy & Gwynedd Rivers Trust was established in 2007 from an amalgamation of the existing Clwyd and Elwy Conservation Trust and the Conservation bodies representing the Conwy. The Trust was awarded Charitable Status in January 2009. The...read more
The Severn Rivers Trust is an independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water bodies in the Severn catchment, and to advance the education of the public in...read more
The South East Wales Rivers Trust was formed in 2007 and its members, volunteers and sponsors are committed to protecting and improving the aquatic environment and the associated habitat of our rivers. The work of the South East Wales Rivers Trust will bring lasting...read more
The Welsh Dee Trust (formerly The River Dee Trust) is a Registered Charity. The objects of the Trust are to protect, conserve, promote and enhance the River Dee and all its indigenous species of fish, animal, bird and plant life and where appropriate to seek the...read more
The West Wales Rivers Trust has been newly formed by collaboration of the former Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Teifi Rivers Trusts. Full details of this new body can be found at:...read more
The Wye and Usk Foundation is a registered charity concerned with ecology and, more specifically, restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. The Foundation is more than just a lobbying organisation: through a series of partnership...read more