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We are Friends of the River Kelvin

River Kelvin, Kelvinbridge
River Kelvin, Kelvinbridge

We’re a group of people who care passionately about the River Kelvin and its wildlife.  We set up Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) in 1991. FORK aims to continue the rehabilitation of the River Kelvin by working with people who share our vision and look to its future as a vital, vibrant and essential part of our ecosystem. 

We promote the history of the River Kelvin and highlight its environmental and social significance to the area. We monitor its quality and share this information with others.

Our river bank and Kelvin walkway clean-ups are perhaps the most well-known of FORK’s activities. These always happen on the first Saturday of the month and we also arrange special focus clean-ups at other times. We can organise clean-ups in other areas and with other groups, please contact us if this is something you'd like to happen. 

You can help by joining FORK as an active member, taking part in activities based around the river and providing support in other ways – increasing our network of contacts – or giving us a louder voice -  more members means more influence in the ongoing task of caring for and protecting the River Kelvin.

We organise environmental activities leading to secondary school pupils gaining John Muir Awards, and enthuse primary school pupils by running the Kelvin Kingfisher Award a creative writing competition inspired by 'treasures' found in the river.  We plant trees and wildflowers, campaign on planning issues that may affect the river and enjoy it's beauty as it travels from where it rises in Banton to it's joining with the mighty River Clyde.

FORK ensures we keep a healthy River by working with other bodies who are active on the Kelvin, including the City Council’s Land Services Department, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) The Conservation Volunteers, RSPB, Space to Grow and Keep Scotland Beautiful. Hundreds of people now take part in activities on the Kelvin – angling, botany, education, canoeing, clean-ups, social history events, talks, walks and wildflower planting. FORK organises all sorts of activities for other community groups, along the River and in Ha’penny Bridge House – FORK’s HQ on the Kelvin Walkway.

The emphasis of all our work is to have fun while doing good. We are keen to work with more volunteers and are looking for new members, more members and ideas people. 

The Cormorant was adopted as the emblem of the organisation after one visited the Kelvin in the Spring of 1991 – a clear sign that the river was getting cleaner. Cormorants are now regular visitors.

Friends of the River Kelvin (Scottish Charity No: SC028920) was founded under the auspices of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Cathedral Square, Dunblane FK19 0AQ