Morpeth Landscape with Wetlands

Water stewardship: Reviving Northumberland’s rivers

Every person, household, and business has a role to play in our River Revival. At The Rivers Trust, we connect some of the world’s biggest companies with local grassroots organisations to make that happen.

Jayne Mann


Since 2020, we’ve been working with the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to help improve water quality, reduce flood risk, store carbon, enhance habitat and biodiversity, and improve the health and well-being of local communities – all in some of England’s most water-stressed areas.

This is part of the Coca-Cola Replenish Project, which aims to deliver significant environmental improvements by 2023:

  • Replenish more than 1.6 billion litres of water (to the natural environment)
  • Capture or absorb 10 tonnes of carbon per year
  • Create 4 new, large urban wetlands and a further 20 settling wetlands
  • Improve biodiversity and restore habitats for wildlife
  • Work with farmers, landowners, and other businesses to improve their own water management

A new video provides a quick snapshot of just one of the incredible Replenish projects, which is being delivered by Northumberland Rivers Trust. In just one year, Northumberland Rivers Trust have planted 3,020 trees out of the total 9,000 target, and created 13 new wetlands . Watch now to find out more about Replenish and enjoy stunning footage kindly provided by Middleton North Estate.

““What the Replenish project demonstrates is that hard engineering alone is not enough to revive our rivers – nature-based solutions like tree planting and wetlands are fundamental if we are to be climate resilient. They improve water quality in such a way that addresses the two major environmental crises of our time; climate change and nature degradation.””
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Christine Colvin
Director of Partnerships and Communications at The Rivers Trust

Our local Trusts are delivering improvements like this across the UK and Ireland. Why not get involved with The Rivers Trust movement today and take your place in the River Revival?

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