Category: “Community projects”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marble Hill Planning Response

Response to planning application 18/2977/FUL – Marble Hill by Richmond Biodiversity Partnership Introduction SWLEN has co-ordinated the response of the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership (RBP) to English Heritage’s latest planning application in relation to proposed work at Marble Hill House and Park.  A full copy of RBP’s observations is below.  They centre around the works proposed to […]

2 Minute Litter...

Press Release: New litter-pick scheme to help stem the tide of plastic entering the Thames Be Richmond and South West London Environment Network are making it easier for Richmond residents and visitors to keep the towpath tidy and reduce the amount of plastic entering the Thames. People can now quickly and easily get hold of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]