Watch the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership film to learn what was achieved!

The natural signature of the River Wandle and the Wandle Valley is unique.

As one of the UK’s rare natural chalk streams, the Wandle supports an important variety of habitats and wildlife in a heavily urbanised landscape. Built treasures from the river’s rich industrial past add an interesting layer to signature of the Wandle Valley.


Living Wandle was the UKs first Urban Landscape Partnership Scheme.

It brought together a collection of expert organisations and community partners to deliver a series of projects aimed at conserving, restoring, promoting access and celebrating the Wandle’s built and natural heritage.

This ambitious £2.7m programme ran from September 2013 to May 2018 and was made possible through the dedicated hard work of organisations along the Wandle, all united to see the river become more accessible and healthy.

Supported with £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery fund and partner contributions of £784,000, the collection of projects greatly exceeded the sum of their parts.

For more information about landscape partnership schemes please visit the HLF website

28 projects were delivered along the River Wandle helping to – conserve habitats and landscapes, increase physical and intellectual access, boost community involvement and train local people.

Explore below to find out more about each of the projects!


Catchment Plan DeliveryWandle Trust

Fish Habitat Improvement – Environment Agency

Invasive Species Action Plan Wandle Trust

Waddon Ponds Restoration Croydon Borough Council

Wandle VistasLiving Wandle Team

Wandle Eels – Wandle Trust