The source of the Wandle is ever changing. As a natural chalk stream, the Wandle’s waters come from underground and appear at various points in the landscape. These points can be difficult to track due to the heavily urbanised setting through which the Wandle flows. The source of the river moves with the seasons and patterns of rainfall but is also affected by development, climate change and over-abstraction from the chalk aquifer.

This project will be delivered in 2017 by The Wandle Trust and will involve local volunteers researching the river’s past and present to locate the Wandle’s sources through time. They will investigate local archives and look for signs of water in the landscape to uncover the truth about the Wandle’s ever-changing origins. The team will also document the impact that current issues with the urban water cycle are having on the river.

A number of resources, including a leaflet, self-guided walk with a map and an exhibition, will be produced by the team to help people learn more about source of the Wandle and the current challenges it faces. Furthermore, the team will work to digitise the Wandle Photographic Archive to ensure that it is accessible to all and conserved for the future.


We are looking for volunteers to take part in this project!

If you are interested in getting involved or for more information, please contact David Gill at or 07468 529 312.


This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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