In June we reported the news that the River Wandle had won the lottery! This triumph was a £2 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership Scheme involving 25 projects to be delivered by a whole host of organisations on the Wandle.
The project is going to be ‘launched’ on World Rivers Day – Sunday 29th September 2013 – at Morden Hall Park. All the organisations involved will be there to tell you about the exciting projects that are coming up over the next 4 years.
The Wandle Trust will be leading on 4 projects – A river education programme for schools, a pollution awareness project called ‘River Guardians’, some physical river restoration work which will build on the enhancements already being delivered and a project called ‘Discover the Source of the Wandle’ through which we’ll investigate local features and landscape as well as archived records to look for signs of where the Wandle starts flowing.
Further details on the event, including the event booklet, can be found here.
So come and join us at Morden Hall Park on World Rivers Day and hear about these and other projects (including an invasive species programme, oral history and community theatre projects and the opening up of Merton Priory’s Chapter House). The Wandle Piscators will also be at Merton Abbey Mills that day with a range of activities so why not take a Sunday stroll along the Wandle between Morden Hall Park and Merton Abbey Mills and join thousands of others around the world appreciating their local river on World Rivers Day!
We’re delighted to be able to tell all our friends and supporters the great news that the Wandle Valley has just been awarded the Heritage Lottery Fund’s first ever urban landscape partnership grant.
The Living Wandle grant is worth £1.9 million over the next 4 years, and will help us start delivering many exciting projects recently identified via the Wandle’s new Catchment Plan, including river restoration in Ravensbury Park, a new River Guardians scheme, invasive species management and river-based education programmes.
The full bid has involved lots of hard work from many people across Wandsworth, Croydon, Sutton and Merton Councils, as well as the National Trust, Groundwork London, London Wildlife Trust, the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, the Wandle Valley Festival, the Wandle Piscators and ourselves at the Wandle Trust.
Click here to download the HLF’s full press release – and watch this space for more news as this historic grant starts bringing the Wandle’s rich heritage to life for everyone to enjoy!
On Friday a group of six keen Wandle Trust Pollution Assessment Volunteers attended our inaugural training workshop. They learnt more about the Pollution Monitoring Scheme and were trained in how to carry out assessment of Category 3 (minor) incidents.
The scheme, which we are running in collaboration with the Environment Agency, is the first of its kind in the UK. If successful, similar schemes could be rolled out across London and beyond.
Our friends from the EA’s Environment Management team, Richard Maile and Eleanor Pratt, came along to meet the volunteers, and offered good insight and information about pollution in the Wandle and London’s other waterways.
If anyone who cares about the Wandle is keen to be involved in this scheme then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Tim at email@example.com for more information.
Thanks to: Abi, Henry, Jane, Mike, Per and Sue for attending and becoming our first trained volunteers!
We’re delighted to announce that the Wandle Trust will be working in collaboration with the Environment Agency to help monitor pollution on the Wandle.
The collaborative project will be led by the Wandle Trust with the Environment Agency helping to train Wandle Trust staff and volunteers so that they are able to attend minor incidents on the river.
When notified by the Environment Agency, the Wandle Trust volunteers will provide a first line of response to assess the situation and report back to the Environment Agency who will then react accordingly. It is hoped that this newly established partnership will enable local Wandle Trust volunteers to keep an eye on the river, facilitating a more efficient response to all pollution incidents.
Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, said:
“Working with community groups is crucial in ensuring the vitality of our rivers and waterways, and the Wandle Trust is a superb example of residents taking an active interest in the health of their local environment.
Rivers in England and Wales are the healthiest they have been for 20 years, but it is important that we do more to continue this improvement and meet stringent new EU standards. I’m confident that our work with the Wandle Trust will enable us all to do just that.”
Click here to read the full press release
Anyone interested in getting involved in this exciting project please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: this story has now been picked up by the Wimbledon Guardian and the Surrey Comet.