The first VCT Conservation Award was won by Aquascience in recognition of their work on the Tichborne Estate to redirect the river, creating 1km of pristine chalk stream. Aquascience carefully designed the restored channel, including profiles and gradients. They also encouraged excavator drivers to be inventive and create varied batters for a more natural finish.

VCT Conservation Award 2017

The Tichborne river restoration project, on the Cheriton Stream, was one of the most challenging and diverse of its kind ever to be conceived, designed and delivered by Aquascience.

The result was 825m of restored or revived chalk stream habitat. You can learn more about the project here.

A beautiful glass award depicting a chalk stream was presented to Jon Milliken, Managing Director of Aquascience, at the Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum in November 2017 together with a cheque for £1,000.

Further awards…

VCT Conservation Award 2023

VCT Conservation Award 2023

The VCT Conservation Award 2023 was awarded to Sarah CooneyThe recipient of the VCT award for Conservation in 2023 is Sarah Cooney. Sarah has a small stretch of the Bourne Rivulet running through her garden in Stoke.  There was a major flood event in 2014 in the...

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VCT Conservation Award 2022

VCT Conservation Award 2022

The VCT Conservation Award 2022 was awarded to Wessex Rivers Trust & Wild Trout Trust, for their Upper River Test River Restoration Project.The Wessex Rivers Trust and Wild Trout Trust were jointly recognised for a project aimed at significantly improving habitat...

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VCT Conservation Award 2021

VCT Conservation Award 2021

We were delighted to award Dennis Bright the VCT Conservation Award 2021, for his work in Barn Owl Conservation.Dennis Bright has always had a real interest in birds and nearly 30 years ago, when moving to Hampshire, he followed his life-long passion by volunteering...

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