Who we are

We are a group of local residents, nature lovers and professionals in a range of relevant sectors. We have established skills, network and community connections as well as relentless passion and determination! We really do Love our Ouse and want the best for it.

Love our Ouse is a registered Community Interest Company (working as a not for profit organisation. The objects of the Company are to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to benefit all life along the length of the River Ouse in Sussex and its tributaries, including people and wildlife.

Meet the team

Natasha Padbury

Community engagement lead and general manager.
Also works as Sustainability Manager at Depot and 15 years experience coordinating community cultural projects.

Duncan Rawson

Organisational support and agricultural lead.
Also works at European Food and Farming Partnerships.

Emma Montlake

Grass roots legal support lead.
Also works as Director of Casework at Environmental Law Foundation

Matthew Bird
Project strategy and delivery lead.

Chartered Environmentalist, Climate and Sustainability professional with a background at local authorities. He’s a Lewes Town Councillor and current Lewes Mayor.

Steering group

Helen Meade

(CEO) Railway Land Wildlife Trust

Sandra Manning-Jones


Project supporters and partners

Lewes District Council

Railway Land Wildlife Trust

Ouse and Adur River Trust



We are very grateful to the following for funding support:

Chalk Cliff Trust

Lewes District Council

Lewes Town Council

Ouse Valley Climate Action

“Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source” - Willy Ley


Contact Us
We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in being involved. Email us: info@loveourouse.org