Biodiversity and heritage celebrated as part of environmental upgrade

The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust has published a five-year strategy for 900ha of land along the River Wandle in South London.

The aim is to make the Wandle Valley ‘a coherent and vital part of London’s green space network, creating a place, rich in heritage, where people are proud to live, work and play, that contributes to the economic vibrancy of South London’.

Wandle Valley Regional Park includes 40 green spaces and 12 nature reserves. The landscape strategy aims to make the Wandle Valley ‘a clean, safe, sustainable and attractive natural environment’ where ‘its river valley character is protected and enhanced, and its biodiversity, heritage and archaeology are celebrated’.

Trust CEO Sue Morgan said: ‘This marks a real milestone in the development of the trust and follows 12 months of consultation with our partners, stakeholders and the wider community. We now have the clarity of purpose and the tools for the trust to attract the investment needed to secure the heritage of the regional park and the trust’s future.’

The Trust has already overseen improvements to Poulter Park in Sutton, created access to the Watermeads Nature Reserve, and opened up new stretches of the Wandle riverside trail.

The report has been has been developed through funding from Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme. 

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