Post By: “Diana Cano”

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Merging charities seek...

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a stronger charity that will bring greater impact to people’s environment and their heritage.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In this rapidly changing environment the safety and welfare of our beneficiaries, external colleagues, staff and volunteers remains of paramount importance. We are carefully monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Environmental charities to...

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITIES TO JOIN FORCES Environment Trust and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) have announced that they are going to merge to create a single, combined charity with the capacity and skills to achieve greater impact for natural and built heritage in south west London. The decision builds on the strategic alliance announced in […]

The Tidal Stretch...

In December 2012 SWLEN helped local not-for-profit organisation Ham Hydro Community Interest Company to organise The Tidal Stretch a sponsored walk from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock.  Ham Hydro team members and friends walked the 31 miles from the Thames Barrier to Teddington Lock on Saturday 1stDecember. SWLEN staff and volunteers acted as stewards. SWLEN set […]

Richmond Fairtrade Fair

Not all trade is fair. Farmers and workers who produce what is marketed do not always receive an appropriate share of the benefits of trade. FAIRTRADE is an independent organisation that seeks to change that. It is an alternative to conventional trade that is based on the agreement between producers and consumers, where farmers in […]

Trip to Tower...

On Friday 18th March 2016, SWLEN organised a tour to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End, East London for Friends groups from Richmond Borough. The trip was an initiative to see the work of another very successful and well established group managing a large green space in East London with similar circumstances to many […]

Restarting Tooting: A...

Yesterday I was witness to an inspiring event, a Restart Project drop-in event organised by Transition Town Tooting. If you haven’t come across Restart Project, they are a charity ‘taking local action to prevent electronic waste through hands-on, learning events where we help people fix their own electronics – and help others to do the […]

Make your business circular!

‘Take, make, dispose’, is the mode of production that most products and businesses operate under in our economy. The inputs to the majority of the things we sell and consume worldwide are designed to be used only once, and more often than not, the product we then buy is only used once as well. This […]

Richmond upon Thames...

Climate Change is firmly embedded in the list of issues facing our planet in the 21st Century. The term ‘climate change’ refers to any fluctuation in climate, whether as a result of human or natural causes. Natural factors include the changes in the Earth’s orbit, tilt of the Earth’s axis, volcanism or solar activity to […]

Nesta event: Digital...

#Nesta #RethinkingParks  Digital Technology in Parks and Open Spaces: Busting Myths and Exploring Opportunities An account of the symposium event on July 30th at Nesta, London by SWLEN’s Community Project Manager, Sue Palmer. “The potential of digital technology for parks, open spaces and heritage sites is hotly debated. In the right circumstances digital technology can help […]

Much More Than...

On a mild December morning I joined the ranks of the Friends of Palewell Common Fields and Nature’s Gym. The task agreed was to maintain the Common’s mud paths suffering from the winter rain. We wheeled wheelbarrows along the waterlogged paths, pouring wood chippings on to the boggy patches. A production line of happy locals, […]

Notes on the...

One of our volunteers travelled to Iceland this month to represent the Youth Arctic Coalition! Here is her account: The Arctic Fox is the only land mammal native to Iceland. History tells us that the intrepid Arctic fox walked across the frozen sea to arrive in Iceland at the end of the last ice age. […]

Friends of Barnes...

Even though a drizzly Tuesday morning was forecasted this didn’t discourage a group of 15, from the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership, from heading to Barnes in Richmond upon Thames for a walking tour of the common. The tour was led by Mike Hildesley (Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) Chairman) and organised by the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership/SWLEN for […]

Conservationists: The Next Generation!

 On a cloudy November afternoon, a group of keen conservationists arrived at a small oasis of wildlife in the middle of suburban Richmond. This group have been constructing wattle fences (or shelterbelts!) in different areas throughout the site, based on where they think they will provide the most benefit. In an inspiring mix of education […]

Bat Species Action...

Bats are surrounding us in the media hype at this particular time of year as Halloween approaches. The public sees them as symbols of fear and it may be this incorrect portrayal of bats, which may add to the vulnerability of these spectacular mammals. In fact, unfortunately, bat numbers are declining globally and on our […]

A Delve into...

Why does Climate Change not feel dangerous? You may be thinking that climate change does feel dangerous, but in reality, it is taking a long time to stir us into adequate action. We are starting to make strives forward and momentum is building, but we have a long way to go before humanity is sustainable. Logically, when we think about it, we realise […]

A Day Out...

My first foray into the world of volunteering was to attend a practical conservation workshop led by Simon Hawkins of TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) Richmond branch. This mid week ‘get to together’ at Crane Park/ Kneller Gardens at Mereway Nature Park (TW2 6RP) would involve various tasks in redoing the meadow area. Feeling excited but […]

A Day In...

Barnes Common is a quiet area of grassland, trees and forests, historically known as ‘The Waste’ and used as a common ground for hundreds of years. In 1992 it was legally designated as a Local Nature Reserve on the grounds of vital importance to local people, visitors and its biodiversity, and as a result of […]