News Archive

02 March 2017
Farmers, Foresters and Land Agents are invited to attend a free 'Burger and Beer' information event to find out how the 'Facilitation Fund' can help farmers. The event is supported by North Wessex Downs AONB and will be held at the Queen's Arms pub at East Garston. Click here to find out more.

The Countryside Stewardship (CS) facilitation fund is a Natural England scheme that supports people and organisations that bring farmers, foresters, and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale. 
Funding is awarded to successful applications which show partnership and a collective approach across holdings. This scheme offers an uplift in points should you wish to enter or renew your agri-environment agreement. However you do not have to be in an agreement to participate.
The North Wessex Downs AONB is offering to support a group of new or existing land managers (farmers, foresters and/or others) - there is no obligation to sign up, just come and listen.
09 December 2016
The latest Riverfly data for January 2017.

Read the full Riverfly report for the month. [Read more]
11 November 2016
On Monday Action for the River Kennet held it's AGM.  Landscape Artchitect, Kevin Barton demonstrated how rain gardens in towns and villages can prevent river pollution and protect river flows.  There are many applications for these 'Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems' along the Kennet Valley to improve and protect our River.

Entomologist Dr Cyril Bennet explained the importance of understanding exactly the condition of our rivers today so that we can protect them for the future using the latest techniques in invertebrate monitoring. 

Click here for full Press Release on the ARK AGM 2016
21 October 2016
Voting is now open - vote for us and help us secure Aviva Community Funding. 

You can vote directly here - you can vote up to TEN times !

vote for ARK for Aviva funding
18 October 2016

Action for the River Kennet (ARK) was thrilled to accept an award for achieving Outstanding (the highest level) for Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, including Stonebridge Meadow, Marlborough in the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards at a the South West in Bloom ceremony held last week in Taunton.

The meadow is jointly owned by ARK and Marlborough Town Council. The project was described as excellent throughout’. The judges particularly praised the exceptional level of public involvement and community engagement. Their comments included references to the huge diversity of wildlife present, good links with local schools, the conservation grazing sheep, the wetland and the extensive tree planting to create a native hedge for wildlife.

“Stonebridge is a long-term project and has had, and continues to have, input from so many individuals and groups of all ages. Most of it would be impossible without our brilliant volunteers, who muck in to a variety of tasks in all weathers, throughout the seasons. From river restoration to hedge maintenance, litter picking to wildlife surveying. I would also like to acknowledge the input from Marlborough Town Council, particularly Head Groundsman Richard Beale.”, said ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes.   For the full Press Release click here


01 June 2016
A new report released this week has confirmed the poor ecological state of the River Lambourn, one of the Kennet's key tributaries.  However, it is not all bad news as work is being carried out to improve practices.  Click here for the full press release.




10 May 2016
The Wetland area at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve has been officially opened by Claire Perry MP

Press release: Marlborough wetland officially opened
21 April 2016
Enter our Ecover Competition!  
A clean home needn't mean a dirty river.  By choosing low phosphate or phosphate free cleaning products you can kep our rivers cleaner. 

Enter our competition to win a fantastic bundle of ecover products and a year's free membership of ARK.   To enter from this page click here and send us your full name, contact email and contact phone number. 

Click here to find out more about our 'Fewer Phosphates' campaign

No Phosphate competition
05 April 2016
A dead Otter found near the River Kennet in Marlborough has had it's cause of death confirmed as poisoning.
29 February 2016
Action for the River Kennet is thrilled to be receiving a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.   The amount though, rests with the public who can vote in local tesco stores from Saturday the 27th of February until 6th of March with a token system.  The stores where people can vote for the project are Marlborough, Ludgershall and Tidworth. 

"The Ramsbury Community River & Wildlife Project is an exciting collaboration between ARK, Ramsbury and Axford Parish Council and Ramsbury Scouts.  We really want to involve the whole village with this and can't wait to begin work.  There will be lots of opportunities to join in and be part of improving outdoor spaces by adding value to them for wildlife and for people" said ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes. 

Sties to benefit from the funding will be the Ramsbury Triangle, Ramsbury Wildlife Reserve, The Recreation Ground and the outdoor area surroung Ramsbury Scout Hut.  
Tesco like other large retailers is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for ever single use carrier bag used by a customer.  Procees from the charge fund grants just like this one, to improve community spaces. 

Customers who receive deliveries having ordered online can take their Customer Delivery Note into any of the three stores and show this to a member of staff in order to be given a voting token.   

If you would like to get involved contact Anna.