The River Thames Society* was formed in 1962 to conserve the river for future generations and represents all river users whether they be fishermen, walkers, boat owners or just interested in its very rich history, traditions, flora and fauna.

The Society is represented on  the Port of London Authority's River Users' Consultative Forums,  the  Environment Agency's Thames Navigation Users' Forum ,River User Groups, Thames Path Partnership and many other river-connected bodies

The aims of the society are:

  • To protect the natural beauty of the river, adjacent lands and buildings of historical and architectural interest and to promote nature conservation;
  • To support and contribute to the efforts of other organisations;
  • To preserve and extend amenities and to encourage the use of the river for all purposes.

Over the past 50 years, the Society has influenced and supported a wide variety of projects from the construction of the Thames Barrier to saving Borough Marsh from industrial development for gravel extraction and founded the Thames Traditional Boat Rally. The Society has campaigned on many issues, such as the removal of sewage from the tidal river and the retention of lock-keepers’ houses.


Unless otherwise credited, photographs  on the web site were supplied by Alix Horne, David Thomas, Geoff Payne, Mary Coates and the Thames Landscape Strategy.

President: Lord Owen
Lady Borwick, Mark Edwards MBE, David Suchet CBE
Peter Finch
Hon Treasurer
John Tamsitt
Vice-Chairman - Tidal
Jack Betteridge
Vice-Chairman – Non Tidal
Leslie Jones OBE
River Warden Co-ordinator - Tidal
Peter Finch
River Warden Co-ordinators - Non-Tidal
Contact Branch Chairmen.
Editor Thames Guardian
Sarah Henshaw
Helen Batten - Tel: 01491 612456
*Charity no:  288380



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