The Wandle Trust is part of the South East Rivers Trust (SERT), an environmental charity which aims to deliver healthy river ecosystems (for all) across the south east of England.
We started out on the River Wandle – a much loved chalkstream in south London. We held community river cleanups on the second Sunday of every month, up and down this unique urban chalkstream – pulling out everything from shopping trolleys to shotguns, and improving the environment for birds, fish, insects and local people.
Now SERT works across 12 different river catchments covering parts of South London, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, East Sussex and Kent. We host Catchment Partnerships across all these catchments, bringing stakeholders together to work towards improving our rivers for both people and wildlife. SERT is also delivering many exciting River Restoration, Water Resource Management and Natural Flood Management projects across our whole area.
Our volunteering activities are currently mainly based in South London along the Hogsmill, Beverley Brook and Wandle – not only carrying out river clearance but vegetation management, river restoration and invasive species management.
Volunteers form a huge part of what we do as a Trust and their hard work and dedication helps our rivers to flourish. Unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 national lockdown we’ve postponed our planned volunteer events until restrictions ease. But we’re looking forward to donning our waders and seeing all our volunteers again soon.