Save Gaywood River Campaign

The Gaywood River in King’s Lynn is one of only 200 chalk streams on the planet. This is a rare asset to our local area. Chalk streams in full health are home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Unfortunately something is going wrong for the Gaywood River. About half way down the rivers length, around Bawsey, the river changes from being crystal clear and full of life into a murky sludge filled with decomposing dead plants. We have set up the Save Gaywood River campaign to tackle this, and we need your help!

The Norfolk Rivers Trust has a great set of resources to learn more about chalk streams including the Gaywood River. Check out their Gaywood River page.

Contact the Norfolk County Councillor for your area to tell them about your concerns for the Gaywood River, find their details on this map.

Our group meets regularly to plan our campaign, we always need more hands on deck, sign up to our mailing list to hear the latest, or send us an email on

Take Action

We all need to be vigilant about the treatment of these precious parts of nature. If you see that the river is in bad health, or see instances of pollution, contact the Environment Agency and report it. They are the organisation that is supposed to be responsible for this, but we all need to do our bit to support their work. 

Report issues directly to the EA, details here:

We always have protests and demonstration coming up that you can get involved in. Join our mailing list to hear the latest on this.