Batting for Bats

Get on Board...

Welcome to Get on Board 2019, which this year takes place on Friday 21 June 2019. The main aim of ‘Get on Board’ is to highlight the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways. But it’s also about building on the success of 2018 and creating a great community event involving residents, businesses, workers and […]

New Local Biodiversity...

Last week started off rather grim for nature lovers: The UN global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services revealed that 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Largely as a result of human activity, coral reefs and rainforests are destroyed at accelerated rates. But one needn’t look afar to find our life support […]

Trustees Sought for...

Ealing Council announced last year it was establishing a parks foundation which will work collaboratively alongside the Council in the future management and maintenance of Ealing’s parks and open spaces. It will operate as a charitable organisation, complete with input from residents, friend’s groups and a board of trustees. The Ealing Parks Foundation is now […]

SWLEN Crowdfund 3...

Case Study 1. Sherland Road Community Garden – A case study of strong community involvement in the success of the campaign Back in 2012 residents of Sherland Road in Twickenham, designed and built a garden on disused land at 98 Sherland Road they had been gorilla gardening for many years. The new garden further enhanced […]

Thames Bridge Consultation:...

SWLEN recently responded to Richmond Council’s publication of a report on possible locations for a new pedestrian bridge over the Thames. Location 13 (Radnor Gardens to Ham Lands)  Radnor Gardens is a well-used local park bordering the Thames in Strawberry Hill and is designated as Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). Ham Lands is a wonderful nature […]

Metropolitan Open Land...

SWLEN believes that the proposed development represents inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), and is contrary to policies relating to the Green Belt/MOL at national, London and local levels. The ‘very special circumstances’ which might justify such development do not appear to be present in relation to this development.  The National Planning Policy Framework does not list […]