Waddon Ponds is one of many sources of the River Wandle. The vision for the park is to transform the heavily engineered “gardenesque” layout to that of a more naturalistic setting. This restoration provides improved habitats for wildlife and encourages access to nature for people.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2012 through a separate ‘Parks to be Proud Of’ scheme; the second phase is being delivered through the Living Wandle Scheme.
The project involved replacing the wooden revetment that surrounded the edges of the ponds with natural wetland plants, to encourage biodiversity and create a transition zone from land to open water. The restoration of the ponds has provided an increased variety of habitats for amphibians, invertebrates and wildfowl to thrive in.
New signage and interpretation panels are due to be installed in 2017 to encourage people to learn about the wildlife value of the ponds and be able to get closer to the nature on their doorsteps.
It is hoped that a park volunteer group can be established to care for the park on a long term basis. If you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TCV volunteers have a varied task programme across many of Croydon’s parks, if you would like to get involved with this please visit TCV’s website.
This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.