Wear Rivers Trust

Pollution Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60


We engage with businesses in the Wear catchment through our ‘Corporate Partnership Programme’. By raising vital funds to building awareness of our cause, Wear Rivers Trust corporate partners will play a crucial role in our work which will be mutually beneficial and highly effective, with all partners valued for their contribution and commitment regardless of size and sector

Corporate Volunteering

Does your company or employer offer ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ day’s to give back to the local community and help the environment? If so, come and join the Wear Rivers Trust on a ‘Corporate Volunteer’ day. We offer tree planting, litter picks, electro-fishing, INNS mapping and many other river activities. All are perfect for being close to nature which in turn boosts mood, relieves stress and builds better team morale. Sessions start from £400 for a half day session and £800 for a full day session. This cost includes staff time to plan, prepare and safely deliver the chosen session for your team. For further information or to sign up, please contact Project Officer, Jack Butlin on jack.butlin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk

Corporate Donations

Does your company have ‘Corporate Responsibility’ funds put aside to donate to local charities or to fund environmental work? If the answer is yes and you want to find out more please contact our Business and Development Team Leader Karen Stewart at karen.stewart@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk



We are working with the Investors in the Environment which offers accreditation to businesses of all sizes to help them reduce their impact on the environment. The benefits of this are:


  • Recognised and achievable accreditation
  • Save money and resources
  • Promoted as a green organisation
  • Networking with other green businesses


 Not all businesses operating under environmental regulations are aware that recent legislation has enabled environmental regulators to decide not to prosecute certain environmental offences, if the regulator feels able to accept ‘enforcement undertakings’ as an alternative.  The Environment Agency’s ability to accept Enforcement Undertakings was extended in 2015 to a far wider range of offences. The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to swiftly restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases. 

If you are responsible for a pollution incident, the first thing that you must do is report it to the Environment Agency. The sooner this is done, the less damage is likely to occur. By acting quickly to take control of environmental non-compliance a company may be able to avoid the risk of prosecution, reputational harm, legal costs, higher penalties and raised insurance costs, while also building trust and providing environmental improvements. 

The WRT is well placed to facilitate environmental repair, tidying up aquatic, urban and brownfield habitats and restoring them to good condition and is ready to offer specialist advice and assistance to individuals and companies to ensure that the best outcomes arise from a bad situation. 



Individuals, businesses and community groups are being invited to make small changes to their daily habits to reduce the use of single use plastics.  To find out more about the changes you can make and how community groups can help visit www.durham.gov.uk/singleuseplastics