10 things you can do to help save the Eden

“The trees are our lungs, the rivers our circulation, the air our breath, and the earth our body.”
Deepak Chopra

Eden is a unique network of rivers, becks and lakes that are essential to the lifeblood of the area.

All of us in the Eden catchment have an impact on the river and we can all play a role in caring for it. River pollution and mismanagement can damage the river and its wildlife for decades.

It will take all of us working together to have a healthy Eden – this is our river and our responsibility.

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Here are 10 everyday things you can do

dont drop litter

1. Don’t drop litter or fly tip

Rubbish, no matter how small, can harm wildlife and cause blockages which can lead to flooding. Be sure to bin it every time.

choose eco friendly cleaning product

2. Choose eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products when washing your clothes and your dishes.

Phosphates are a common ingredient in household cleaning products, They pollute our rivers and act as fertilisers, increasing weed growth. Switch to phosphate-free brands instead.

use water wisely

3. Use water wisely

Wash less – only use washing machines and dishwashers when you have a full load. Turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth.

remember to flush

4. Remember to only flush the three P’s – pee, poo & (toilet) paper 

Everything else should go in the bin (even wipes that claim to be flushable). Items that shouldn’t be flushed can stick together, block the sewer and enter our rivers.

check your sink is connected

5. Check your home for misconnections

Sinks, baths, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers should connect into the foul drain. Find out more at  www.connectright.org.uk

check septic tank

6. Check your septic tank & make sure it is working properly

If you’ve got one, make sure it’s working properly, isn’t leaking and is emptied once a year to stop phosphates seeping into the ground. Find out more about how to look after your off mains sewage system at  www.callofnature.info

dont pour oil down drain

7. Don’t pour paint, chemicals or oils down the drain

Many of our drains lead directly into our rivers. Take them to your local household waste recycling centre. 

contact environment agency

8. If you see any signs of pollution contact the Environment Agency

If you see dead fish floating in the river, discoloured or smelly water, contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

check clean clothes

9. Check, clean and dry all your clothes and equipment before and after visiting your local river

Invasive species can affect fish and other wildlife as well as blocking up our rivers and being costly to manage. Help to stop the spread of invaders by following the check, clean dry code.

get involved

10. Get involved – volunteer with Eden Rivers Trust

Volunteer with Eden Rivers Trust and spread the word via social media and with your family and friends.