Friends of the River Medway
Friends of the River Medway is a group that wishes to restore the health and vitality of the River Medway, focusing first on our local catchment area: the Upper Medway. The group’s activities are part of a wider movement to transform humanity’s relationship to the world’s precious rivers and the wildlife that lives within them.

Our Vision

We believe that all rivers should be clean, healthy, nature-rich and flowing naturally. They should be thriving ecosystems that provide a natural habitat for a diversity of life, whilst offering an accessible space for people to connect with nature. We want them to be drinkable, as they were for our ancestors and for most of the planet’s history.

Through uniting practical and legal action with the sacred, we strive to actively regenerate the Upper Medway, creating projects that serve the River, her inhabitants and our local community. Our dream is also to serve as a successful template that inspires and reaches other communities who want to improve the health of rivers.

Photo credit: Taïs Bean


To improve the ecological quality of the Upper Medway and and surrounding tributaries
To promote public enjoyment of the River in a sensitive and sustainable way
To nurture interest in and knowledge of the River and ensure her condition is monitored
To prevent and remediate visible and invisible pollution in the Upper Medway
To secure and promote the intrinsic Rights of the River Medway
To inspire a deeper relationship to the River, based on reciprocity, care and love
Photo credit: Taïs Bean

Our work

Our work centres around three streams: Practical action, Legal action and the Sacred.

Our Practical action involves routine testing, research, awareness-raising and education, campaigning, pursuing bold and creative solutions, engaging the community, and collaborating with other like-minded organisations so we can act as one unified voice.

Our Legal action includes enforcing existing laws, but also campaigning so that the Rights of Rivers are recognised.

Our Sacred impulse focuses on facilitating connection, honour and care for the River. 

The River Medway
Photo credit: Taïs Bean

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This post summarises the community meeting that took place 04/09/22.

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