Our Westcountry Artivists to Enhance Rivers fundraiser will open for donations from
12pm on 18 April to 12pm on 25 April.

Our charity is celebrating 30 years of bringing rivers to life in the Westcountry in 2024.

As a part of this, we are seeking your support for a new creative avenue for us which will help to share river-related science and stories, initially through participatory eco-conscious photography workshops.

With our Westcountry Artivists to Enhance Rivers (WAtER) campaign, we want to raise £5,000 to help us inspire people to take action for river health through creative means.

We have secured £2,500 of this target via our match fund Champion, The Big Give. If you can help us to reach £2,500 from public donations, we will receive our full match-funded goal.

Activities such as wild swimming, fishing or playing in rivers – where legally accessible and mindful of nature – create wonderful experiences and help to nurture a love for our freshwater environments.

In addition to my role with the trust, I’m also an eco-conscious photographic artist. This has given me first-hand experience of how nature-based art activities provide a wonderful way to encourage water stewardship. They can connect people to a river’s amazing habitat, which can help its health and biodiversity while supporting human wellbeing too.

Through the WAtER project, we want to spark river kinship and visually share river stories through eco-conscious photographic activities. By doing so, we aim to bolster public understanding of river eco-systems and the work to be done to keep these healthy for all who depend on them.

Josie Purcell

Communications Manager at Westcountry Rivers Trust

Our Eco-conscious Photography Gallery so far...

We collaborate with a wide variety of people to protect Westcountry river habitats.

From working with farmers to improve soil health which in turn improves water quality, to planting the right trees in the right place to minimise run-off, to engaging volunteer citizen scientists to monitor the waterways near their homes – it is all done to keep bringing our rivers to life.

Please donate to support our charity if you can.