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.

We have, and are still developing, expertise in key areas of agriculture, nature, law, community engagement, activism/campaigning, river specific science, organisational skills, fundraising, knowledge/information/network access skills.

Meet the team

Natasha Padbury - Founder, Director Lewes resident, outdoor swimmer, community/arts/culture Project and Production manager, Sustainability Manager (Depot in Lewes)
Natasha Padbury
Duncan Rawson - Founder, Director Lewes resident, Farmer, Partner at European Food and Farming Partnerships
Duncan Rawson
Emma Montlake - Founder, Director Lewes resident, Director of Casework at Environmental Law Foundation, Trustee at Sussex Wildlife Trust, Green United adult steering group member
Emma Mortlake
Catriona Soutar River Festival Coordinator
Catriona Soutar
Lizzie Lower Festival Communications
Lizzie Lower

Steering Group and Key Partners

Matthew Bird - Lewes resident, Climate Lead for Sussex Wildlife Trust, Lead Cabinet Member for Sustainability Lewes District Councillor, Lewes Town Councillor
Matthew Bird
Helen Meade (CEO) Railway Land Wildlife Trust
Helen Meade
Milly Hawkins (Education Officer) Railway Land Wildlife Trust
Milly Hawkins

Project supporters and partners
Lewes District Council
Railway Land Wildlife Trust
Ouse and Adur River Trust
South Downs National Park – Ouse Valley Climate Action


We are very grateful to the following for funding support:


Chalk Cliff Trust

Lewes District Council

Lewes Town Council