Living Wandle Landscape Partnership

Living Wandle Landscape Partnership

The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Project, which aims to deliver a series of improvement projects along the whole length of the River Wandle.

The over-arching aim of this scheme is to re-vitalise the Wandle as an identifiable, high quality asset to the communities of south London, through engagement with the natural and built heritage of the river.

The river should provide a healthy, multi-functional landscape with opportunities to involve local people in a range of projects and activities which celebrate the heritage, culture, landscape and biodiversity of the river. The project will seek to establish the Wandle as a defining landscape signature to this part of London and provide opportunities for local people and visitors to explore the river.

On 19th June 2013, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that the Living Wandle bid had been successful and that a grant of almost £2m had been awarded, for an ambitious programme to be delivered over five years – from September 2013 onwards. A copy of the lottery fund’s press release can be found here

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Living Wandle Booklet 

After intensive proposal writing and prons,the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership has secured nearly nearly £2million of Heritage  Lottery funding.

The wide range of restoration, heritage and nature projects will all make a significant difference along the Wandle. A booklet has been produced to showcase the wide range of restoration, heritage and nature projects which will make a significant difference along the river.

We are urging all interested parties to read about these initiatives and would welcome support both in terms of volunteering and participating. The project’s success depends on local people becoming involved and enjoying the river. To download a copy of the booklet click here

The projects that together will make up the successful programme are a mix of both physical restoration projects, and also learning and engagement projects.

These will be linked together wherever possible in order to encourage people to take part in as many different aspects of the project as possible and, as one of the key themes of the bid is to re-discover the ‘natural signature’ of the River Wandle, conservation, enhancement, management and interpretation of the natural heritage of the river lies at the heart of many of these projects and activities.

Each of the projects in the table below has been developed by their leading partners to an agreed schedule of requirements for the funding application.

Project Lead organisation
Physical projects  
Merton Priory Chapterhouse Merton Priory Trust/Merton Council
National Trust
Ravensbury Channel Merton Council
Wandle Gateways Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
Waddon Ponds Croydon Council
Catchment Plan Wandle Trust
Invasive Species Action Plan Wandle Trust//Wandsworth Council
Learning and engagement projects  
Industrial Heritage Recording Wandsworth Council
Wandsworth Council
Social Landlords London Wildlife Trust
Source of the Wandle Wandle Trust
River Guardians Wandle Trust
River Education Programme Wandle Trust
Reflecting the Wandle Groundwork London
River Celebration Wandle Valley Festival
Flowing through Time Groundwork London
Piscators Youth Wandle Piscators
Volunteer Strategy Wandsworth Council
Interpretation Strategy Wandsworth Council