Finalists announced for the 2017 UK River Prize

The UK River Prize celebrates the achievements of those individuals and organisations working to improve the natural functioning of our rivers and catchments, and recognises the benefits to society of having a healthy natural environment.

After much deliberation the judges selected the four category winners below. These four will go forward as finalists in the competition. The overall winner will be presented with the Nigel Holmes Trophy, named after a hugely influential and passionate river restoration and conservation advocate. The winner also receives a cash prize to further the work on their river.

The finalists for the UK River Prize are:

Finalist Category Lead applicant
River Avon, Hampshire

Catchment project:

Demonstrating a whole river approach to restoration and natural flood management

Environment Agency (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as one of three other project partners)

River Frome, Stroud

Innovation project

Demonstrating innovation and novel approaches to river restoration

Stroud District Council
South East Wales Valleys, Healthy Rivers Project

Urban project

Working on highly constrained and modified urban watercourses to restore a healthy river for people and wildlife

Groundwork Wales

Pearls in Peril, Rivers across Scotland, England and Wales

Partnership & multiple benefit project

Demonstrating a long-term partnership approach to restoring the ecology and natural functioning of rivers

Scottish Natural Heritage

Administered by the River Restoration Centre and judged by a panel of experts, the overall winner of the UK River Prize for 2017, and recipient of the Nigel Holmes Trophy, will be announced on the 4th April. 

The announcement and presentation will take place at the UK River Prize awards dinner on the 4th April at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, in conjunction with the River Restoration Centre’s Annual Network Conference which attracts around 300 delegates.

“Arup is once again delighted to partner The UK River Prize in 2017. Innovation is at the heart of what we do and we fully support the recognition that this prestigious award provides. Following on from last year’s inspiring finalists, it is superb to see another great set of deserving projects shortlisted this year.” 

Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup

“The 2017 UK River Prize has attracted an exceptional and diverse group of projects from far afield and demonstrates how much passion, commitment and effort goes into restoring the health and quality of our rivers.

The standard of work carried out by local partnerships, charities, volunteers and agencies, in managing their river for people and wildlife, is exceptionally high. 

Each of the four finalists had to really justify their place as a category winner. I would like to thank all of the applicants who submitted their projects for consideration.”

Martin Janes, Managing Director, River Restoration Centre


Notes to editors

The overall winner will be announced at the River Restoration Centre annual network conference UK River Prize awards dinner to be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on the 4th April 2017. Please contact the River Restoration Centre to book a place at £39 per person.

Short videos will be submitted by all four finalists. These will be available to view on the River Restoration Centre’s website prior to the announcement on the 4th April 2017.

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