The Catchment Plan project aims to restore several sections of the River Wandle back to their natural chalk stream characteristics. This involves removing artificial barriers and concrete pilings and re-introducing the natural curvature of the river by adding in gravel and woody debris.
The first part of this project was successfully completed in early 2015 with stretches of the river at Hackbridge, Butterhill and Ravensbury back-channel now improved and benefiting fish, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates! Not only has this restoration created positive changes in the local landscape, it has provided people with the opportunity to take real action to improve the river for wildlife.
The River Rehab volunteer team, who have been integral to the success of the project, were trained in monitoring invertebrates and ecosystem functioning, as well as learning how to plan their very own catchment restoration project which was delivered at Hackbridge as a follow on project in 2016.
They are now planning a brand new restoration project at Morden Hall Park which will take place in 2017 as part of the Morden Hall Park Wetlands project.
The Wandle Catchment plan was produced in 2013 after extensive consultation, it identifies several projects to improve the river for wildlife and people. Click here to learn more about the Wandle vision and catchment plan itself.
This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.