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SWV Rivers' Forum

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Empowering Change

A call to arms -

The Rivers’ Forum is about finding solutions: solutions to the UK's river pollution crisis, while opening up opportunities to training and employment for Veterans within the conservation and rivers sector.


Too many who have influence on what happens with our rivers work in silos and do not have a forum to work together with decision makers and tech companies. SWV consulted government bodies, river and environmental groups, charities, developers, landowners, water companies, tech companies and philanthropists about the need for a Rivers’ Forum and received an overwhelming “Yes! This would really help.”

The Forum is an opportunity to create relationships to drive real change and collaborative impact. This is NOT just a physical clean up of the waterways. The Forum provides a neutral platform to discuss the challenges in river conservation and water quality creating outcome orientated and collaborative approaches to the problems, as well as creating opportunities for Veterans within this sector.

The Rivers’ Forum 2025 will take place from Tuesday 13th - Wednesday 14th May at Lillibrooke Manor, Maidenhead SL6 3LP.    Please email - if you have any question about this event.

The Rivers' Forum Deliverables

  • Creating opportunities for Veterans to support, lead, plan and execute project plans as well as creating qualifications for working on the rivers.

  • To gather change-makers, not for profits, government bodies, philanthropists, tech companies and universities together on a neutral ground.

  • Establish collaboration to drive change.


Venue, Travel & Accommodation

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Challenges faced on UK rivers

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Why SWV?

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