Wandle Fortnight is a celebration of all things Wandle - run by the community for the community.
Discover the Wandle Valley on your doorstep with over 60 community events and activities in 15 days, stretching from Saturday 9th September during Heritage Open Days to World Rivers Day on Sunday 24th.
Find out what's going on when with the Wandle Fortnight programme and check out the Wandle Fortnight web pages.
Hackbridge bridges - Network Rail has demolished the Irrigation and 100 Acre bridges. This is despite over 1000 people signing our petition to save them.
We are determined to make sure this is only a setback for the ambitions to create a new Wandle Metropolitan Park stretching from Beddington Park to Mitcham. This vast area of open space - more than three times the size of Hyde Park - has never been coherently managed and much remains off limits.
If the loss of the bridges can have a silver lining it is to reignite the momentum to deliver a new open space for London. The first green shoots are visible. Over 500 supported our petition for Sutton Council to back a replacement bridge. Sutton Council has said that "now is the time for action" and Sutton Council Leader Ruth Dombey has told Wandle Valley Forum that she is "glad to work together to find ways of providing pedestrian access. Important for the future of the park." Following a debate on the petition Sutton Council has agreed to work with us and local groups to find a way forward.
As a first step one thing is certain - any sensible plans for future public access are going to need better access over the railway. Sutton Council is already building a new school right next to where a bridge will be needed. A next step is to include an enabling policy in the new Sutton Local Plan.
Watch the destruction of the Hackbridge bridges in the short video below.
Wandle Valley Forum Charter launched
The Wandle Valley Forum Charter was launched at our Annual Meeting in April 2016. The Charter is grounded in the views of community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses that support Wandle Valley Forum. The Charter:
Download and print the Wandle Valley Forum Charter here.
Wandle Valley Forum
Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for over 120 community groups & voluntary organisations and for everyone who shares a passion for the Wandle. Our campaigning was instrumental in establishing the Wandle Valley Regional Park and we are integral to its future development. Support us by offering your time or giving a donation.
Our priorities are set out in the Wandle Valley Forum Charter.
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