Want to Help?

It’s amazing what you can find in the river! In a summer week in 2018 about 4 tonnes of rubbish was removed from the Trym in Coombe Dingle

What can we do to Improve the Trym Valley River System?

The report from the Wild Trout Trust gives a range of things that need to be done to improve the Trym River System. There are lots of things that can be done by volunteers with little special equipment.

  • Remove plastic and other harmful things from the river, from the banks and from green spaces that the river flows through.
  • Remove invasive plants. There are certain plants that need to be removed from the areas near the river. These include Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed.

There are other things that will need expertise and equipment

  • Remove the impediments to fish travelling up the Trym
  • See that more light can reach the river
  • Stop pollution entering the river
  • Encourage water fowl to stay
  • Create local environments in the river that will help fish repopulate the river

Action you might help with ‘now’

There are some groups that are doing things now to improve the ecology of the Trym. If you want to help them please get in touch with them.

Litter Picking

SusWoT, Sustainable Southmead, Friends of Blaise and Friends of Badock’s Wood all organise litter picking of the green space that surround the river. They usually organise these activities in their local area.

River Cleaning

SusWoT, Friends of Blaise and Sustainable Southmead organise activities to remove litter and other undesirable materials from the river. Usually a good pair of wellington boots provides enough protection from the water.

Balsam Bashing

All groups where Himalayan Balsam is an issue organise activities to remove it. The balsam can be removed as soon as it appears in the spring.