Registered Charity Number: 1037414

Annual Report 2019

December 8th, 2019 in News by Noreen Shears




Registered Charity No: 1037414


Annual Report




30th November 2019

(1st December 2018 – 30th November 2019)


73 Sir Harrys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UX




This report is the legal annual report and accounts of Clean Rivers Trust, as lodged with, and submitted to the Charity Commission. Registered Charity Number 1037414. The Charity is based at 73 Sir Harrys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UX UK. Phone 0121 440 8046.


This document is produced and published using environmentally sustainable materials.





Legal and Administrative Information.


Trustees; Rodney Gilmour, Peter Jones OBE, Laura Bishop, Dr Keith Gregson, Lawrence van Kampen-Brooks, Paul Southby, Dr Sally Little and Dr Matt Johnson.


Director: Dr Harvey Wood Dip AD, FRSA, FRGS, FGS, FLS, LSDC . 07885 422428


Trust Address: 73 Sir Harrys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UX

Phone: 0121 440 8046


Web Site:





Barclays Bank plc, Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire.


Santander, Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire.




BrowneJacobson LLP, Mowbray House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham NG2 1BJ




The Trustees convened four times in the financial period 1st December 2018 to 30th November 2019.







Directors Report.


The last twelve months have been busy. Research on the breakdown of acidic tars, the use and treatments of abandoned mine water, archaeological examination of the geomorphology of a section of the River Trent, arsenic deposits in Derbyshire, tailings and other mine waste issues in Devon, Derbyshire, Fife, West Wales and Cornwall, advising the Indian Environment Agency on possible solutions to pollutions in Chandrapur, engaging with the founders of the Ecological Society of Bangladesh at the Department of Botany of Dacca University and research into water supply availability in areas of Morocco.


As with last year, the research project at Cinderhill in Derbyshire expended the major portion of our time. There was a major replanting of a proportion of the willows on the site replacing those that had died during the dry weather of 2018. The replanted willows have caught up and, in several instances, surpassed those planted in the first year. Alongside the planting another compost layer as mulch was added to that placed in the spring of last year.


Other work on the site has involved close liaison with the Environment Agency, especially the water quality of one of the lagoons near our research site that is over an acre in size and with water depths of between 2 and 4 metres. It was considered of poor water quality due to it being polluted by acid tar oozing into it from one of the other tar pits adjacent to it. Its pH being recorded as 3. We monitored this over the last 2 years and have noted a steady improvement with now a pH of 6. The water in and silts about the lagoon now having a high-quality ecological score with large numbers of dragonfly lava being present. We hope to remove the chance of further acidic material entering the lagoon in the next year if funding is available.


The Trust has located at least nine other acid tar sites in the Derbyshire area and a further 7 in other parts of England: there two others in Wales. These we believe are just the tip of an iceberg and more are expected to emerge over the next year.


Our work on minewater and tailings issues continues. The use of minewater is though hampered by the regulators who are unable to say who owns the heat within the water. It has become such an issue that the Trust is looking for clarification from Government. Several schemes that would have benefited the water environment and the public have been lost in the last year due to this conundrum.


The use of wetlands for passive treatment of minewater prior to discharge to local waters courses has continued to show other benefits apart from pollution remediation. One site where we monitor shows a rapid increase in aquatic life within the wetland system similar to findings at the experimental wetlands at Wheal Jane in 2002. The use of wetlands as carbon sinks is still, in this area, a difficult concept to get accepted.


The Trust is still working with the Environment Agency to locate the source of arsenic that continues to enter the River Derwent near Crich in Derbyshire. This is a more complex piece of research that was first thought.


The Trust is working on the range of determinants discharged to the Normanton Brook from the A Winning minewater treatment site in Derbyshire. Plus, a probable new piece of research with Loughborough University.


The archaeological project support work continues around Newark and the River Trent. Some of the findings having been published in journals and other publications. The work has bearings on understanding the effects of climate change across the Midlands.


The use of wetlands is now better accepted as one route for the removal of pharmacological pollutants such as endocrine disrupters. The main issue though being who might be the source of funding for such schemes to be put in place, the state, pharma companies, a levy on prescription charges and over the counter drugs or some other method. None appear popular.


The Trust has had some contacts with out of country agencies and organisations that have benefited from our direct and indirect advice. These have been reported to the Trustees at meetings and on the Trust web site. No direct costs have been incurred by the Trust.


The funding of the Trust’s work continues to be stable at the present time. This is though dependant on both external research coming in and the continued generosity of the grant funding charities.



Harvey Wood.



1st December 2019

















Report of the Trustees; Including Public Benefit.


The Trustees of Clean Rivers Trust present their report of the Charity and its activities so as to outline their due diligence with regard to the demonstration of Public Benefit, and to show that the works that have been undertaken are in line with the registered aims and objectives of the Trust. The Clean Rivers Trust was founded as an organisation in 1990 and is governed by a Deed of Trust registered with the Charity Commission in 1994.


The objects of the Trust being; ‘to advance the education of the public by research and dissemination of any findings regarding the care of inland and estuarine waters and to benefit the environment of rivers and inland waters by the research and the implementation of such research findings’.


The Trust has developed its governance by agreeing a set of policies which are published. An ongoing audit of the Trustees abilities continues to show it to be satisfactory and all areas of governance are represented by the composition of the body. The accounting is carried out according to directions of and outlined by the Charity Commission.


The Trustees are always aware of the need for new expertise and talent to join the organisation as Trustees of the Trust. Those who are at present Trustees all have expertise in areas that are of considerable worth to the organisation and do not just act as a body for meetings.


The Trustees undertake to ensure that the organisation is compliant of its Trust Deed and its stated (see above) aims and objectives. The Trust does not lobby on behalf of any political, commercial or ideological entity and has never done so. The Trustees have ensured that no staff or volunteer has done so either: that is, without infringing their rights of personal freedom. The Trust does not endorse and has never done so any product or action and in its reports to industry or other organisations: its recommendations have always been advisory and as such the Trust has project managed other; usually larger, commercial organisations to carry out project implementation.


The Directors Report outlines the activities the Trust has been involved with over the last year.


The Trustees can report the Trust continues to receive support from experts and is able to count on specialists from most water, energy, mineral/mining and conservation disciplines.


The finances of the Trust have been adequate over this last year. This has allowed further research activity which has been reported on in the Directors Report. The natural pragmatism of the Trustees is to protect the moneys earned by the Trust so as to ensure the long-term research plans. The Trust has not spent any funds outside the UK in the last year.


December 2019.



The following section contain the receipts and payments accounts of Clean Rivers Trust, as set out by the Charity Commission in their letter of September 2015.



2019                                                2018


£                                                        £



Unrestricted Grants and Donations                 35,500                                             30,275


Restricted Grants and Donations                       9,500                                               6,250


Fees                                                                         38,660                                            62,689


Gross income                                                  83,360                                            99,214                                                                                            


Sales of assets/investments                                   0                                                        0


Total Receipts                                                 83,360                                            99,214                                              

























2019                                                 2018

£                                                        £



Rent/utilities/insurance                                15,790                                               15,850

Travel                                                                2,305

Books/Library                                                4000                                                  5,280

Research                                       (Total £58,230                                          £56,579)

  • Laboratory costs                           2,700                                               8,748
  • Field Work                                    15,680                                                11,350
  • Education                                      8,670                                                  7,375
  • Materials                                       10,230                                                10,906
  • Health and Safety                        3,050                                                  2,080
  • Equipment                                    5,020                                                  9,640
  • Research Assistance                   12,880                                                 6,480

Accounting/book keeping                                250                                                     250

Memberships                                                    520                                                     450

Bank Charges                                                   130                                                     180

Web/internet site                                              400                                                     400


Sub Total                                                    81,625                                                78,999                                                    


Purchases of assets/investments                        0                                                         0



Total Payments                                          81,627                                                 78,999                                                                                                                                                 





















2019                                           2018

£                                                 £


Cash funds at end of year


In bank at 1st December                                      24,613                                       22,880


Restricted Funds                                                   2,000                                         3,000


Unrestricted Funds                                              22,613                                       19,880


Total available for Trust Purposes.                 24,613                                       22,880                                            


Research expenses due to the Trust

under agreement with funder                                2,000                                        7,000


Research fees due to Trust                                    4,500                                        8,500


Losses due to drought and antisocial

behaviour                                                                   0                                          4,550


Outstanding moneys owed to Trust

awaiting resolution                                              16,343                                     15,843



Outstanding moneys owed by Trust                         0                                               0























  • Most receipts of funding were unrestricted. Those funds that were restricted being for works in Derbyshire, Devon and the West Country and Nottinghamshire were duly ring-fenced.
  • The increase in Trust funding is due to a major research project. Continued funding is reliant on the trial demonstrating success by Autumn Winter 2019/20 and the agreement with the funder for the expansion of the project going forward. There are no guarantees at this point.
  • Losses (2017/18) noted were exceptional costs due to theft and vandalism plus drought damage.
  • There are no investment assets, nor were any investments sold or purchased during this accounting year.
  • No funds were used for projects outside the UK.
  • Research costs included the operation of the trust’s own laboratory, commercial laboratory analysis of water and other samples, health and safety arrangements, procurement of samples, growing media, tools and other related items.
  • The Library is valued (estimate 2019) for replacement at £164,000 (estimate £160,000 in 2018). The increase being made up by purchases. The valuation of books being a difficult subject today due to the availability of many rare texts on-line.



Independent Examiners Report.


To the Trustees of Clean Rivers Trust (Charity Registration Number 1037414).


This is my first examination of the accounts of Clean Rivers Trust


The accounts and report for the year ending 30th November 2019; set out on pages 6 – 10 of the Annual Report and Accounts of Clean Rivers Trust.

Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner


The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts. The charity’s trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year under section under section 145(5) (b) of the 2011 Charities Act and more recent guidance and that an independent examination is needed.

It is my responsibility to:

·       examine the accounts under relevant sections of the Charities Acts 2011 and 2016 and the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and its amendments up to and including those published in October 2018,

·       to follow the procedures laid down in the general Directions given by the Charity Commission (under the Charities Act, and the Statement of Recommended  Practice).

·       to state whether particular matters have come to my attention.


Basis of independent examiner’s









Independent examiner’s statement statement



My examination was carried out in accordance with general Directions given by the Charity Commission.  An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records.  It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeking explanations from the trustees concerning any such matters.  The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a ‘true and fair’ view and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below.


The Examination has been carried out in line with the Charity Commission’s Statement of Recommended Practice.

In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention;


1.   which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in, any material respect, the requirements:

·       to keep accounting records in accordance with section 130 of the Charities Act; and

·       to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and comply with the accounting requirements of the Charities Act

have not been met; or

2.   to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.



Howard Dodds

Examiner.                                                                        2nd December 2019














Funders and Acknowledgements.


The following persons and organisations have contributed to the Trust to enable its work to develop. Each has been written to and the Trust’s thanks expressed. Some organisations who contributed to Clean Rivers Trust over the last financial year wished to remain anonymous, others include; The Harworth Group plc., Schuster Charitable Trust, Tory Family Foundation, Swire Charitable Trust, Sir John and Lady Amory Charitable Trust, Wixamtree Charitable Trust, 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Blakemore Foundation, Aylesford Family Charity Trust, William Dean Trust, Fort Foundation, David Uri Memorial Trust, Frognal Trust, Cumber Family Charitable Trust, Gladys Jane Wightwick Charitable Trust, Henry Hoare Esq., Open Gate Trust, Grimmitt Trust, Rhododendron Trust, CHK Charities, Christadelphian Samaritan Fund, Edith Lilian Harrison 2000 Foundation, Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Linley Wightman Shaw Foundation, Percy Lea Charitable Trust, Amalur Foundation, Peter Storrs Trust, Harbison Charitable Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Marjorie & Geoffrey Jones Charitable Trust, Stella Symons Charitable Trust, Oakdale Trust, G & E Pollitzer Charitable Settlement and Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust.


The Trust acknowledges the support in time and practical assistance to the following people and organisations; Eur Ing Victor A Johnson, Nathan Coop, Sophie Annable, the Coal Authority, Shaun Walters, Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England and many others who have given their expertise.





Statement of Ongoing Social and Environmental Care.


The Trust continues to be committed to lessen its negative environmental impacts and continues doing all it can to encourage others to do likewise. It has a non-discriminatory attitude to the sexuality and religion of all who it works with.


The Trust complies with all statutory requirements.







The library is an area of pride for the Trustees and others involved with the Trust. It has grown over the years to be of importance to both the organisation and outside researchers alike. It holds reports dating back to the 18th Century and its Comprehensive river related documents from the 1990s produced by the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency are the most comprehensive in the UK.


Its sections on water, geology and flora, which covers the UK, Europe and much of the rest of the world are as complete as any in the country and in most instances more accessible. Its stock has increased in the last year.

Author: Noreen Shears

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