The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and 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 reconnect local people with their 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 four years – from September 2013 until December 2017 with projects in all four Wandle boroughs. A copy of the lottery fund’s press release can be found here
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Living Wandle Booklet
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 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.
Information about the projects and the lead partners can be found below: