- About the Projects
The website will feature all the main projects that will together create the new regional park over the next decade.
As the site develops, there will be more information about what is planned, when consultations will take place, so people can have their say, and how individuals and groups can get involved through practical action such as volunteering.
- Wandle Gateways
The Wandle Gateways project is part of the successful Living Wandle Partnership project.It aims to improve the way that visitors access the river and to make the valley feel more welcoming.
The development work for the Gateways was undertaken by Groundwork London. It is both conceptual in its approach as well as focusing on designing new physical infrastructure at entrance points to the park and river – potentially including the removal of clutter, opening up views, planting, interpretation/information and also wayfinding.
The funding from HLF will involve the creation of a number of gateways along the river to improve access and help to connect spaces along the Wandle Trail.
The intention is that the Gateways approach and designs will be adopted by partners and used across the Regional Park, including where there is new development and within improvement projects led by all the Regional Park’s green space managers. Work is also underway to create a seamless ‘design palette’ for the Wandle Gateways and Wandle Trail, allowing the partnership to exploit a unique opportunity to create some visual harmony and a bespoke, high-quality identity for the new Regional Park.
The project long-list and short-list and full design details can be seen here:
- Current Gateway Projects
Trewint Street, London Borough Wandsworth
The project will make improvements to the entrance to the bridge on Trewint Street, improving sight lines, railings and path surfaces for pedestrians and cyclists. View the sketch plans and consultation information here.
Poulter Park, London Borough of Sutton
As part of the Big Green Fund and HLF funded Gateways project, access points have been improved in Watermeads Lane, Goat Road and London Road. Regional Park signage will be installed later this year.
Wandle Park, London Borough of Merton
In partnership with LB Merton, improvements to entrances to Wandle Park have been made, with Regional Park branding and signage elements being installed in key access points.
Waddon Ponds, London Borough of Croydon
Working with LB Croydon, improvements will be made to the park entrance on the east side of the park adjacent to the Wandle Trail.
- Wandle Valley Big Green Fund
The WVBGF has been a very successful partnership project
initially funded by the Mayor’s Big Green Funding, with match
funding from other sources. Working with numerous landowners
and partners, the project has resulted in improving entrances and
gateways to the park, improving the Wandle Trail and opening up
previously inaccessible land in Poulter Park. Significantly, the
National Trust owned property Watermeads, which was part of
the project had not been open to the public since 1914.
To see the project story click here
- Wandle Trail
Completing the Wandle Trail has been a top priority for the Wandle Valley partnership for a number of years.
The trail was first developed and promoted a decade ago. It allows residents and visitors to gain access to the river, the wider Wandle Valley and the future Regional Park. A copy of the old trail leaflet is available here although please note this is somewhat out of date.
While some sections are in good condition and well maintained, there are a number of ‘missing links’ and also areas that need substantial new investment. There is also a need to review design quality, the management and maintenance, wayfinding and marketing of the route.
TFL funded a feasibility study in 2012, produced by Sustrans, to identify and attract significant new capital funding for improvements to this 12-mile strategic Greenway for recreational cycling and walking. A copy of this can be found here along with the bid document that levered in investment by TFL for the Greenways programme – here.
Through the Greenways programme, improvements were made to the Wandle Trail in Poulter Park, The Grove and Weir Road. Continued investment is taking place by TFL through the Quietways programme.
- Culvers Lodge Feasibility Study
Culvers Lodge in the London Borough of Sutton, Hackbridge, is a small Victorian lodge house, a remnant of one of the many fine Wandle Valley estate houses that were prevalent in the Wandle’s industrial past.
The Trust was asked by the Friends of Culvers Lodge to help identify funding for a feasibility study to assess whether the building could be brought back into useful life
Using funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Trust have worked with the Friends, wider community stakeholders and LB Sutton for the last 12 months and have submitted the report to HLF, and to LB Sutton for consideration.
The project recommendation proposals include the restoration of the Lodge, providing an office base for the Trust, with a community meeting facility and co working incubator space for small enterprises. The scheme will also include the extension of the Lodge to provide space for a social bike hub enterprise.
LB Sutton’s Building Utilisation Implementation Board convened on October 31st 2016 to review the report and made the following recommendation:
In connection with Culvers Lodge, Hackbridge:
- To agree that the Wandle Valley Regional Parks Trust (WVRPT) is allowed to take forward proposals to redevelop the existing Lodge into a mixed use building comprising office space with a community space/meeting room and social enterprise bike hub.
- Agree that subject to the WVRPT securing the development funds required for the project, to authorise the Executive Head of Asset Planning, Management & Capital Delivery in conjunction with the Head of Shared Legal Services to negotiate and agree terms for a 99 year lease at market value for the building.
The Trust will now pursue revenue and capital funding to support the further development of this project.
- Web page development
Match funding has come from the Trust itself and pro bono work from the creative agency, Bigkid.
The website will host the Digital Library and allow the Regional Park and its partners an opportunity to market and promote the Wandle Valley.
- Creating an identity for the Wandle Valley
Creative team Barker and Langham worked with the Trust to develop a brand identity for the Regional Park, to bring coherence and legibility and offer the opportunity for both partners and communities in the Wandle Valley to identify with the brand and its values.
The brand development was also linked to the Interpretation study developed for the Living Wandle Partnership funding bid.
Further developments by Barker and Langham allow the new branding to be used in our Gateway projects as signage and markers in the public realm.
Please click below to download Wandle Valley Branding Guidelines, Living Wandle Interpretation Strategy, Wandle Vallet Regional Park Brand Development and Gateways Branding respectively
- Get Active Wandle Valley
The Trust has recently been successful in securing three years funding for an activity coordinator post, operating in the Wandle Valley Regional Park.
The project has been developed through the Trusts’ Sport and Physical Activity working group and has attracted support funding from all four borough councils and the National Trust. It is a joint sport and public health initiative.
Recruitment for the post has now taken place and Dan Cudmore, Project Coordinator is now working on the project.
- Wandle Green Team
Following lengthy discussions about the establishment of this skills initiative for the Regional Park over the past two years, it was great to see the team getting started at the beginning of October 2014. The team will be led by Groundwork London and initially comprise two apprentices funded by Merton Council and two by Croydon Council, contracted through Quadron Services Ltd. Groundwork hopes to build on this foundation once the enterprise is up and running.
- Catchment Plan
The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust works closely with the Wandle Trust/South East Rivers Trust as one of the main partners in the Regional Park charged with the delivery of river restoration, rehabilitation and community-focused work around the River Wandle.
The overall aim of the Wandle Catchment Plan is for the River Wandle to be a naturally-functioning and self-sustaining chalk stream rich in biodiversity and a haven for Londoners.
At the heart of the Wandle Valley environment is the River Wandle itself.
The Wandle is a well-loved river and many different organisations and local groups have been involved in restoring and enhancing it for several decades. This has resulted in its being declared one of England’s most improved rivers by the Environment Agency in 2011.
The European Union’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires our rivers to be ecologically healthy. Despite all the efforts to improve it, the River Wandle is currently failing its WFD target of ‘Good Ecological Potential’. This is because, although the river has improved significantly since the 1960s, when it was declared ecologically dead, it still suffers from many impacts relating to its urban nature and industrialised past. This leaves it vulnerable to flood and pollution incidents, and it restricts fish movement and reduces biodiversity.
To achieve ‘Good Ecological Potential’ the Wandle needs to be restored to as natural a state as possible, while taking into account the important services it provides people (e.g. drinking water and flood risk management). It also needs to be resilient to future pressures such as climate change and population increase.
The river drains a relatively large area (known as its catchment) stretching approximately from the M25 on the North Downs to the Thames, and it is influenced by all the activities and land uses taking place within this area. We need to understand what all these influences are, so that we can make reasonable recommendations to improve the river’s condition.
We aim to achieve this with the Wandle Catchment Plan. It will draw together existing plans and information on the Wandle, using the knowledge of both local people and technical experts and thus be both locally relevant and underpinned by science. Our overall aims will be outlined in a Vision document and an accompanying Action Plan will contain technical details for delivering these aims.
The Wandle Catchment Plan will complement other initiatives within the catchment, in particular the Wandle Valley Regional Park, so that we can implement best practice and together secure a healthy future for the River Wandle.
The Catchment Plan is led by The Wandle Trust, an environmental charity dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of the River Wandle and its catchment.
The Wandle Trust aim to achieve the following for the Wandle, over the next 5 years and beyond:
across the Wandle catchment, show children and adults the value of a healthy river, what it looks like, and how to achieve it
across the Wandle catchment, involve and communicate with local people, to generate empowerment, ownership and sustainable community stewardship for the River Wandle
- Ecosystem improvement:
enhance and maximise the River Wandle’s habitats, biodiversity and ecological sustainability
- Partnership and facilitation:
form strong, sustainable partnerships with other strategic organisations concerned with the health of the River Wandle, and facilitate the achievement of our common goals
They aim for the Wandle to achieve Good Ecological Potential (in line with the aims of the Water Framework Directive), with a view to later attaining Good Ecological Status,and for the Wandle catchment to set international standards for urban community-driven sustainability and environmental excellence in river rehabilitation and restoration.
Wandle Valley Regional Park Projects
The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust working in partnership with the Living Wandle Partnership (the first urban landscape partnership programme to be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund), and other Wandle Valley organisations, are delivering an exciting number of projects throughout the Wandle Valley.