The Luton Lea Catchment Partnership is made up of representatives from:


Groundwork Luton and BedfordshireGroundwork Luton & Bedfordshire (hosts) 

The community charity that is changing places and lives. Groundwork works towards a vision of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. Groundwork gives local communities to shapre their economic and social futures, whilst maintaining and enjoying local environments.


Cranfield University (hosts) 

Cranfield is the postgraduate specialist for research and teaching in science, engineering, technology and management.

As one of the top five research-intensive universities in the UK, we are making a significant difference in the real world and we do this by working in partnership with some of the world's greatest organisations.


Environment Agency 


 A public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Their principal aims are to protect and improve the environment. The EA help deliver the environmental priorities of central government and are playing a crucial role in supporting the development and implementation of the Catchment Management Plan. 

The EA's Catchment Coordinator for the area is Rob Rees (01707 632655, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Affinity Water


 You can find out about Affinity Water’s Community Engagement Programme, which offers community groups the opportunity to apply for funding, volunteer support and other Affinity Water resources.


Wildlife Trust Beds Cambs Northants

We work to make our three counties a place where nature matters, where wildlife can flourish and enrich the lives of the people who live here. Ninety five per cent of the local population live within five miles of one of our 120 plus reserves. Our vision is people close to nature, in a land rich in wildlife – and this translates into our Living Landscapes, where we are working to connect our existing reserves by supporting activities which create a more valuable habitat for wildlife in the wider countryside. The Lea lies in our priority scheme in Bedfordshire, the North Chilterns Chalk, hence our keenness to be involved.


London Luton Airport



 London Luton Airport is the fifth largest and among the fastest growing of the UK’s airports. In 2013 it served over 9.7 million passengers and facilitated the movement of 29,000 tonnes of cargo. The airport is an important landmark in Luton, contributing 8,400 direct jobs and nearly £1 billion to the regional economy each year. London Luton Airport is committed to operating sustainably, and maximising the socio-economic benefits for the local and regional area whilst minimising our environmental impact. As a member of the Luton Lea Catchment Partnership, London Luton Airport is actively involved in a project to improve the water quality entering the River Lea at Luton Hoo.

Find out more about environmental management at London Luton Airport.


Luton Friends of the Earth




 Luton Friends of the Earth have campaigned to improve the water quality and environment of the River Lea for over two decades, and have planted more than 100 trees along its banks. They have attended many meetings about the river, and contributed numerous ideas.  The group is keen to see improvements in wildlife habitat along the river, and has been locally promoting the national Bee Cause campaign, liaising with local beekeepers. 


Luton Friends of Parks & Green Spaces

The Friends are a like-minded group of people who initially became friends of their local parks or green spaces and were later invited and encouraged by the Council to form a wider “umbrella” group covering the whole of Luton.They work in partnership with the Council and other appropriate agencies to maintain and continually improve Luton’s parks and green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

  LBC Logo 2016 - Copy

The Source of the River Lea and the stretch from source to Luton Hoo Lakes fall within the area administered by Luton Borough Council (LBC). LBC are the Local Planning Authority passing development plans that may affect the river and Local Lead Flood Authority responsible for strategic overview and management of local flood risk. The Council’s park’s department look after the river banks in public open spaces. 

Central Bedfordshire Council




Thames Water logo 2016

University of Bedfordshire





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