Locals Clean up the Wandle

Clean up the river near the Magdalen EstateOne of the joys of living in Wandsworth and around the Magdalen Estate area is knowing that on our doorstep is a host of wildlife, and a wonderful river that provides homes for water life and boasts lush vegetation.
In recent months, however, the increase in the amount of rubbish dumped in the Wandle has become dangerous, particularly to the animals that have made their home in the area. As a result group of environmentally- conscious residents of the Magdalen Estate and surrounding areas, along with members of the Wandle Trust, donned waterproofs and wellies, and took the plunge into the Lydden Road stretch of the river in King George’s Park to remove litter from the water, as well as carry out research into the growing numbers of the eel population in the river.
The Wandle Trust, which is dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of the south London river and its catchment holds community river cleanups on the second Sunday of every month, rotating through the boroughs of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth. If you’d like to get involved and be proactive in the community, why not get in touch with the Trust, who’ll be able to give you more details of the monthly event.
If you’d like to share your experience of living near the Wandle, or perhaps have been one of the brave souls helping with the clean-up, please do get in touch, and we’d be glad to feature your story in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you!
Bert Naughton

Bert Naughton

A local resident of Wandsworth with an interested in the local community and a mission to explain to all and sundry the correct pronunciation of Magdalen (as in the college).

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