Category: “Conservation”

Climate Strike 2019

Employees of the South West London Environment Network will be joining the Climate Strike on Friday 20th September in solidarity with millions of others worldwide to call for climate justice and an end to fossil fuel dependence. As a charity that exists to conserve and protect the environment through engaging and empowering grassroots communities to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]