Wonderful on Tap

Our Great Big Nature Boost

We think nature is amazing, and water is wonderful. 

What's good for nature is great for our water!

Our Great Big Nature Boost - our biggest ever project - will give nature a massive boost across our region, as well as caring for our natural water sources. We’re going to be:

Planting 1.3 million trees

Reviving 12,000 acres of land

Restoring over 2,000km of rivers

Caring for nature and protecting our water

Get involved in our Great Big Nature Boost

Information about the trail and visiting the site

Good to know:

  • Bring your own pencil/pen to complete the activity sheet
  • Once you know which reindeer is missing, head back to the activity sheet pick up location to claim your prize
  • The trail is outside, so please check the weather prior to coming along. If it has been raining, the grass may be muddy, so sensible footwear is required
  • Car parking charges to the visitor site apply
  • Fancy dress is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged
  • Activity sheets cost £4
  • Selection box prize for each completed activity sheet (non-dairy slection boxes available)

 

Trail sheet pick up locations:

  • Carsington Water - visitor centre
  • Draycote - visitor hub
  • Staunton Harold  - cafe
  • Tittesworth Water - visitor centre
  • Upper Derwent Valley - visitor centre at Fairholmes

Tiny Forests for schools and community groups

We're planting 72 Tiny Forests in support and celebration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. We’d love to work with schools and community groups in the West Midlands to help us host and plant some of these forests (roughly the size of a tennis court). The 72 Tiny Forests will represent each of the nations taking part in the Games, and will create greener spaces in urban areas to be enjoyed by future generations.

Working alongside our nature partners, all trees will be sourced and provided for free (alongside expert guidance and support), as part of this project.

If your school or community group would like to get involved in this special community project, please ask a member of staff to register their land or get in touch and our environment team will contact you.

What’s good for nature is great for your water!

From the wild moors and limestone dales of the Peak District to the river valleys of the Severn and the lowlands of the Trent, our region is blessed with rich, diverse and beautiful landscapes, habitats, and rivers. 

These natural wonders capture, hold and carry your water until we are ready to take it, treat it and bring it to your taps.

Caring for nature benefits your water too. When we improve the health of our region’s woods, soils, rivers and wetlands, we also invest in natural water filters to clean and care for your water – improving the quality and making it more wonderful than ever. 

By making water in the environment purer, it also means we need to use less energy and less chemicals to treat and clean it too, helping to keep your bills low.

The size of our Great Big Nature Boost

We’ve committed to boosting nature across 12,000 acres of land in the Severn Trent region by 2027 - that’s an area bigger than Gloucester!
We'll also be helping to care for over 2,000km of rivers, because we know the health of our river’s natural environment and the quality of our natural water go hand in hand.
 

The nature boosting we’re doing

So far, we have planted 280,000 trees and revived over 5,000 acres of land (that’s around 2,500 football pitches!) and we’re well on track to improving 2100km rivers through our many projects – like working with farmers to keep crop pesticides out of our natural water sources, such as rivers.

Planting over 1.3m trees

Trees not only provide homes for our incredible native wildlife, they contribute to natural flood management too. Amazingly, they also help remove carbon from the environment and help to improve our water quality, by soaking up rainwater, filtering out sediment and releasing it back into our rivers, ready for when we collect it to turn into tap water.

Creating wildflower meadows 

Wildflower meadows encourage beneficial insects and birds, which are natural predators of pests that would otherwise damage farmers’ crops. Farmers then use less pesticides, reducing the risk of chemicals running into local rivers, meaning less intensive water treatment is needed.

Restoring moorland 

We’re restoring moorlands in the upper Peak District. The moors provide important habitats for some truly amazing bird species such as the curlew and skylark. Healthy moorlands also helps to make soil less prone to erosion and reduces the impact of flooding along rivers and streams.

Restoring bog and peatland

Healthy peatbogs trap and store millions of tonnes of carbon and absorb vast quantities of water, acting like big sponges. In many places, peat has been drained, dried out, and exposed to the elements. This releases carbon back into the atmosphere and allows sediment to be washed into watercourses. With restoration we can re-wet and reset the system.

Our partners and projects

We will continue to work with some of the most prominent nature protectors to deliver a number of nature boosting projects, including:

 

Covering 200 square miles of the Midlands, The National Forest is one of the UK’s most ambitious environmental projects.  

Nearly nine million trees have been planted so far, increasing woodland cover from an initial six per cent to over 21%, now more than double the national average.

No multi-purpose forest on this scale has been created in the UK for one thousand years, bringing all the benefits of trees and woodlands to its communities, the wildlife and the economy.

Everyone can help create this Forest. There are schemes large and small to help people plant trees and individuals can dedicate a tree.

We’ll work with the National Forest, who run a grant scheme for landowners to enhance their woodland habitats.

We’re also helping to support and provide grants for schools to engage students to make biodiversity enhancements within their school grounds and developing their connection with nature.

Started in 2003, the Moors for the Future Partnership works to protect the most degraded landscape in Europe.

Using innovative conservation techniques, it has transformed over 34 square kilometres of bare and degraded peat bogs in the Peak District National Park and South Pennines.

A monitoring programme provides evidence of the effectiveness of these techniques and is backed up by innovative communications that inspire people to care for these special places.

The work of the Partnership is delivered by the Peak District National Park Authority as the lead and accountable body. It is supported through its partners including Severn Trent.

From 202 to 2025, we will continue to work in the Upper Derwent Valley of the Peak District, where we will be improving moorland and restoring peat bogs.

This work will help with flood prevention from storm waters and keep valuable soils on the moorland instead of washing away into valleys and reservoirs below, which means less soil for us to remove from the water in the treatment process.

The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.

Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.

We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

We’ll work with the RSPB in Sherwood Forest to improve and preserve some of the beautiful ancient woodland, helping groundwater to be naturally filtered through sandstone aquifers and into boreholes for extracting. This amazing work will protect vital water supplies for the future whilst also improving water quality.

The Wildlife Trusts is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life, who believe that we need nature and nature needs them. 

They have more than 850,000 members, 38,000 volunteers, 2,000 staff and 600 trustees. They are made up of 46 independent charities, each formed by people getting together to make a positive difference to wildlife and future generations, starting where they live.

We’re working with many regional Wildlife Trust’s on enhancing and creating habitats on over 980 acres within Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire.

Work will include rewilding, creating new woodlands, building wetlands, and planting new hedgerows as well as ensuring wildflower meadows and wild grasses can thrive.

And we’re working closely with the Trusts on two projects to help reintroduce beavers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

We dream of wild, healthy, natural rivers valued by all. Yet, currently only 14% of rivers in England are at good ecological status and have been declining over recent years.

The Rivers Trust is the umbrella organisation for 60 local member Trusts, who are the only group of environmental charities in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to protecting and improving rivers for people and wildlife.

They provide expert assistance and advice to help us get a number of wetlands projects up and running.

Wetlands provide a nature-based solution to keep too many nutrients out of water, which means we have to clean it less, which improves your water quality too! Not only that they help reduce risks from flooding and provide a home to many species of wildlife.

One of the most well-known charities in the country, The National Trust cares for places of historical interest and or natural beauty.

We’re working with the National Trust in the High Peak Moors to re-plant and regenerate moorland cloughs (woodlands on the edge of open moorland), panting native broadleaf trees to provide landscape and wildlife benefits.

We’re also working together to create over 300 acres of woodland by planting over 11,000 trees.

We’re protecting your water supply too!

Caring for nature has never been more important, especially with global threats of both climate change and the destruction of natural habitats, caused by human demand and increasing population.

Protecting nature and helping to stop climate change go hand in hand, because as humans, we rely on nature to provide some of our best protection against climate change such as extremes of temperature, rainfall or even drought. However, climate change has a damaging effect on nature too, meaning it can’t always protect us.

While these challenges are global, we’ll take action in our own region.

  • We’ve made this commitment to care for and replenish nature because the natural environment is part of our supply chain and a vital partner to our reservoirs and supplying our water.  Taking care of it is important so that we can ensure that your water supply is always there.
  • Committing to net zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2030 to minimise our impacts on pollution – one of the main contributors of climate change. The great thing is we’re confident we can achieve this, because the improvements we’ll be making to our water’s quality through helping nature, means less energy is needed during our treatment process.

Care for nature at home and reduce carbon

We can all take small steps to help care for nature and reduce our carbon footprint. Whether you have a large or small outdoor space, there are lots of things you can do to give nature a home and help reduce carbon, from feeding birds to planting shrubs. 

Here are some top tips from our nature partners and environment experts:

Water saving tips

Our tap water belongs to all of us so let's take care of it together.

Due to population growth and climate change, many countries could experience water shortages in the future, even in wet countries like the UK.

But the good news, is if we all use water more wisely now, it will ensure we have wonderful water on tap, for generations to come.

Here are some super simple tips to start saving water at home: