• Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

    The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

    The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It was established as a company in 2012 and achieved charitable status in 2013.

    Board of Trustees

    The management of the Trust is overseen by a Board of Trustees/ Directors, with nominations from 9 different organisations who are the Members of the company. They represent local, regional and national organisations and interests. We also have two observers from the Greater London Authority, London Assembly.

    To see a list of the Board Members, click here.

    The Board meets quarterly and has offers an opportunity for public representations to be made at the beginning of each meeting.

    If you wish to make a public representation to the Board – please get in touch using our contact details page.

    Regional Park Board meetings

    The Trust Board meets on a quarterly basis and meetings will be held in public to provide residents and groups to become more aware and involved in regional park decision making.

    The next Board meetings are on the following dates:

    • 11 July 2018

    • 10 October 2018

    • 9 January 2019

    Charitable objects

    The legal paperwork for the Trust is based on the following charitable objects:

    To promote such charitable purposes for the benefit of the public and relating to the Wandle Valley as the trustees/directors see fit from time to time by all or any of the following means:

    • To provide facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the Wandle Valley for the public at large or those who, by reason of their youth, age, infirmity, disablement, financial hardship or social or economic circumstances, have need of such facilities in the interests of social welfare or improving the condition of life for the public or such persons

    • To promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation and improvement of the physical and natural environment within the Wandle Valley

    • To promote the preservation of buildings or sites of historic architectural importance in the Wandle Valley

    • Such other charitable purposes as the trustees/directors may from time to time determine subject to the prior written consent of the Commission

    • The relief of unemployment amongst residents of the Wandle Valley for the benefit of the public in such ways as the trustees/directors may think fit, including assistance to find employment

    • For the purposes of this article 4 “Wandle Valley” means the area in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth which lies within one point six (1.6) kilometres of the boundary of the Wandle Valley Regional Park

    • For the purposes of this article 4 “Wandle Valley Regional Park” means the area shown as such in the London Plan 2011 published by the Greater London Authority

    View the WVRPT Articles of Association


    For more information about our objectives and the Trust please refer to Bringing the Park to Life 2016 – 2021 our new five-year vision and strategy for The Wandle Valley Regional Park.


    Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 are accessible here.

    Annual Report and Accounts


    Trust staff

    The Trust is currently managed by part time interim CEO John Waxman, who is joined by Lysanne Horrox, full time HLF Resilient Heritage Project Officer.

  • Bringing the Park to Life - Strategy 2016-2021

    The Trust has worked over the last 12 months to consult with our varied stakeholders and the wider community to refresh the Regional Park Vision and to clarify the purpose of the Trust. Work has included; SWOT analysis, a needs analysis study, an online survey, six workshops and numerous consultations with partners, stakeholders and communities of interest. You can read the full report into our consultation work here.

    This document, the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust Strategy 2016-2021, has been developed through funding from Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme.


    Download the Strategy and Executive Document


    This work complements and builds on the previous Vision for the Park document published in 2008 and the Business Plan 2012/2015, read about the background to Wandle Valley Regional Park development below.


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  • Background to the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust development

    Since the 1980s, the Wandle Valley has been identified as a London sub-region and an economic growth corridor. Over recent years, it has seen a wealth of environmental, economic development and community initiatives, which have led to the development of the Wandle Valley Regional Park concept and the setting up of a charitable Trust to deliver on this ambition.

    The chronology below sets out the background of the regional park and provides links to the background documents which support its development:

    1980’s GLC suggest plans for sub regions including  Wandle Valley
    1990’s Development of Wandle Trail Group
    2005 Draft Sub-Regional Development Framework – South London Partnership

    The London Plan designation of the Wandle Valley as a regeneration corridor is reconfirmed

    South London Partnership – Wandle Valley Green Ribbon document published

    Wandle Valley Forum emerges

    2005/12 Groundwork London SAUL & C Change EU projects

    Local Plans begin to define Wandle Valley

    2006 GLA London Strategic Parks Report
    2008 Wandle Valley Regional Park Vision document
    2011 All London Green Grid – Area 8
    2011 University Westminster – Action Plan for Governance & Management

    Living Wandle Partnership bid submitted

    2012 Wandle Valley Regional Park becomes a LTD company
    2013 Wandle Valley Regional Park becomes a charity
    2013 ALGG refresh
    2014 Council Protection Rural England – ALGG Review
    2015 National Trust strategy includes the Wandle Valley

    Wandle Housing strategy includes Wandle Valley