News from Wandle Watchers

Good Afternoon,

Please find attached the August 2015 Newsletter for the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme.
There are plenty of ways in which individuals or groups can get involved with the River Wandle, take a look and see how you can get involved!

There is also WANDLE SEPTEMBER to get excited about (leaflet attached) and the Photographic competition for the Wandle Valley.

If you would like to have some paper copies of the leaflet or the photographic poster please contact   Please feel free to forward this newsletter on, we want to make as many people as possible aware of the Living Wandle Scheme!

If you volunteered in any of the groundwork projects please take a few moments to fill in the questionnaire for our evaluation of the success of both projects.

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Kind Regards,

The Living Wandle Team, The Old Book Shop, Morden Hall Park, London SM4 5J

Invasive Species Project: It’s been a bad month for invasive species in the Wandle Valley. Alan, along with an army of volunteers have been pulling pennywort, bashing balsam and injecting Japanese knotweed. The Wandle Trust are looking for River Rangers who will record and monitor invasive species along the Wandle. Training for River Rangers will take place on the 19th or 20th August. Next year, a team will be trained up to manage invasive species and work alongside the River Rangers to control the species recorded. For Information email

Morden Hall Park Wetlands: Plans for the new boardwalk are being finalised, it will allow better views and access to the wetlands. The National Trust (NT) have a wetlands speed volunteering session on 11th October. The NT are looking for Wednesday Wetlands volunteers contact Clare Lanes for more infor-mation. Volunteers and staff have received training to improve the management of the wetlands.

Industrial Heritage: Module 1—Documenting the changes at Merton Priory Groundwork London & Merton Priory Trust have held 4 introductory workshops at the Chapter House (with over 70 people attending). Training volunteers in Multimedia Research will take place on 9th September. To get involved contact Nicky Judd.

Module 2—The Building Exploratory and the dedicated volunteers have recorded more than 50 treasures to date. These will be made available online through the Living Wandle Archive which will be launched in Autumn. They held a celebration event on 6th August where the hand drawn map was unveiled! See the latest blog to see if you recognise any of the treasures!

Merton Priory: Planning permission was approved in May for the installation of a dramatic new glass-fronted entrance and internal facilities to bring the Wandle Valley’s most precious archaeological relic to life! Works will start in October, visit the Merton Priory webpages for more information.

The Chapter House will be open on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September (10am– 5pm), the final time before works start.

Social Landlords: Do you live in a vibrant Wandle Estate? Would you like to take part in free nature walks, quizzes or river trips to get to know your local River Wandle. Come and meet us to find out more and talk to us about your river. If you have a meeting place, community space or green space and would like the London Wildlife Trust to run activities with your community, contact Jane Clarke on 07837 576786

London Wildlife Trust will be at the Carshalton (Environmental) Fair (31st August) to talk with residents who live within social housing communities in proximity to the River Wandle. Pop down to the stall.

Wandle Piscators: The Piscators are holding a fishing taster and Riverfly monitoring event as part of Wandle September in Ravensbury Park on 26th, 10am—3pm. They are still working with Wandle Valley School to deliver fishing within the school syllabus.