An appeal to all anglers to help us engage as many children with the natural world and help protect the future of our rivers

It is vital for the future of all rivers that the next generation is enthused by them and their wildlife, from as young an age as possible.

Many children do not have the opportunity to explore and experience the aquatic environments that exist very close to them. They miss out on the benefits to themselves, their communities and the wider environment which come from connecting meaningfully to their local rivers.

We want to reach every school in our area and to help children connect with their rivers through fun, thought-provoking activities linked to the curriculum.

The Wye and Usk Foundation launched its "Freshwater Friends" appeal in June 2019 to coincide with World Environment Day. Our target is to raise £15,000, which would enable 3,000 schoolchildren in the Wye and Usk area to learn about the creatures that live in their local rivers and about the natural world.

When children engage with the natural world in this way, it can change the way they look at their surroundings. They see the value and importance of their environment, both locally and globally.

We are appealing to all anglers to help them and our rivers today by donating to our appeal! A donation of just £5 will fund a child's place on our Freshwater Friends programme and £200 will fund one day of our programme in a school.

There has never been a more important time for everyone to do what they can to help protect our precious planet. We want all the schoolchildren in the Wye and Usk area to have their own first hand encounters with the natural world. They are the future protectors of rivers, their fish and the wider environment. We must inspire them to take positive, personal action for its benefit.

We would appreciate your support in helping us reach every school by donating to the Freshwater Friends appeal. You can keep up-to-date on progress via the website and by following the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. All the best from the Foundation and thank you for your support!.

Please support the Freshwater Friends appeal