Post By: “South West London Environment Network”

Strategic Alliance

South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) and the Environment Trust (ET) are entering a strategic alliance.

A Food Waste...

Hi! My name is Sophie and I’m a 31 year old Registered Veterinary Nurse and mama to an amazing 18 month old little boy and I also volunteer as a Food Waste Hero for Olio one day a week. I collect surplus food that would otherwise go to waste from one of the local Cavan […]

From Our Summer...

Hi, all! My name is Caroline and this summer I joined the SWLEN team as the Communications Intern! I am a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia. Coincidentally it is not too far from Richmond Virginia, in the States, so it was fitting that I worked in the London Borough of Richmond.   […]

Richmond’s greatest event...

The primary objectives of Get On Board 2019 event, organised by Be Richmond, were to highlight the problems with plastic pollution in our waterways while creating a great community event involving residents, businesses, workers and charities both on the water and on the towpath. SWLEN organised the litter pick, representing local charities including The Poppy […]

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 […]

A novel way...

A Twickenham based theatre director has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a new children’s musical, with an important message about climate change, to Hampton Hill Theatre. Stephen Leslie was inspired to create this production after hearing about Ellie and Starlight a story by a local writer that explains climate change in a heart-warming way […]

A Peoples Manifesto...

By Elliot Newton As we approach Remembrance Day, we enter a period of national reflection as we pay our respects to the many brave men and women who have fallen, sacrificing themselves in the hope of a better future. This is a time to not only remember the huge sacrifices made but also discourage such […]

1000 plastic cups...

Barnes Tidy Towpath Group is formed by locals who are passionate about the environment, the Thames towpath and waterways and organise regular litter picking sessions along the towpath between Hammersmith and Barnes Bridges, which anyone is welcome to join whenever possible. They also work with the local Council, Thames21, the PLA, the BCA and local shops to […]

Community Learning. Guided...

Would you like to learn traditional conservation skills from experts? Join a programme of free activities on sites in Crane Park, Richmond working in Partnership with The Conservation Volunteers.  For further information about the project please email Friends of the River Crane Environment:  info@force.org.uk Meeting at The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU at the garage which is almost […]

Two Ladies Fight...

Christine Weller and Clare Box are doing their bit to help reduce local food waste by opening a pop-up café in East Twickenham that intercepts surplus food. They are part of https://therealjunkfoodproject.org a growing movement started by a former Leeds chef who wanted to do something to reduce the UK’s vast quantities of food waste. […]

Why is there...

Why is there so much doubt surrounding climate change? By Max Leighton The Paradox There is a befuddling paradox surrounding what we believe about climate change. There is a huge body of scientific analysis that has been amassing over the past few decades, which overwhelmingly points the finger at us. This stream of evidence is continuously […]

Smart Communities

Leaving a light on in an empty room, putting the heating on in winter, or simply going to the bathroom can lead to a number of expenses that waste electricity and money. Smart Communities is a team of people concerned about the waste of energy and works to ensure that we get to be more […]

Smart Communities promoting...

Our Smart Communities team took part in an event in South West London on Sunday the 2nd of November, at the SERA (Sunray and Egmont Residents Association). People from the residents association and local authorities were discussing about infrastructures, planning, services and safety of the neighbourhood and private house maintenance. On this occasion Smart communities set […]

Solar Panel Electricity Systems

Produce cheap and clean electricity from sunlight and GET PAID Electricity prices have increased by roughly 7% every year for more than a decade. The demand for electricity has also grown substantially over the past few years. The residential sector is largely responsible for this increase. Solar panel systems can be designed so that a household’s electricity demand is wholly […]

The Jam Yesterday...

On Saturday, the Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow projects’ Open Day took place in Marble Hill Park. Twickenham. Although not quite the sunny day hoped for, the grey sky didn’t deter people away. The volunteers had worked hard in preparing the garden for it. The open day was part of capital growth’s Edible Open Gardens Day. […]

Tour of Beverly...

Richmond Biodiversity Partnership (RBP) Tour of the Beverly Brook Restoration Project with Julia Balfour, Friday 4th December 2015.   Representatives from 10 different environmental organisations came on this tour specially organised for the RBP, including Historic Royal Palaces, The Conservation Volunteers, Friends of the River Crane Environment, Friends of Barnes Common, the Environment Trust, Glendale’s Nature’s […]

Tour of the...

SWLEN regularly organises tours and visit of green spaces in Richmond Borough, especially for other Friends Groups and members of the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership, so we learn first hand how a Friends Group runs, and we can share ideas, practices, ways of doing and problems.   Friends of the River Crane Environment – FORCE – formed […]