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No. 3   July 2015
Welcome to the latest eBulletin from Wandle Valley Forum. We've news of our 10th anniversary competition and updates on all things Wandle.  Please do forward this Bulletin on through your networks and let us have any feedback.   
Wandle Valley Forum is 10 years old and we are celebrating with a photographic competition.  There's a £600 digital camera voucher to win as well as the top photos featuring on the new Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust website.  Find out more at the special www.wandlephoto.com website and please spread the word
Tackling the Wandle Trail's missing links - A new opportunity to tackle the "Earlsfield gap" - one of the last remaining "missing links" on the Wandle Trail - has presented itself with plans to redevelop Haslemere Industrial Estate on the borough boundary between Merton and Wandsworth.  This two acre site is being considered for residential development and the developers are looking for input. The site borders the Wandle and offers the chance through planning gain to tackle this unresolved gap in the Wandle Trail.  
Watermeads opens - A spectacular area of the Wandle has been opened for public access for the first time in over 100 years.  Watermeads was acquired by the National Trust in 1913 as part of a wider initiative by founder Octavia Hill and her sister Miranda to protect open spaces along the Wandle.  With the National Trust's new strategy focusing on "looking after the places where people live" not just the places it owns we are looking forward to the Trust playing an ever stronger role in securing the Wandle's future. 
Wandle Watchers - The search is on for the Wandle's wildlife and everyone is being asked to record their wildlife spots online via London's environment record centre GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London). This is one of the HLF funded Living Wandle projects. 
 

Greater London National Park - The exciting plans to have London recognised as a National Park City are moving forward apace.  The initiative has succesfully raised over £30,000 through crowdfunding and the London Assembly and numerous London boroughs have passed resolutions in support.  Watch out for the launch on 14 July and find out more on the website.
 

Wandle Month - Do you remember the Wandle Valley Festival? It was a wonderful celebration of all things Wandle. Organising the Festival took a huge effort and it stopped a few years ago.  We've all missed it. To help fill the gap a Wandle Month is being organised this September. The plan is to promote existing events, encourage new ones and give everything some good publicity. If you have an event you want promoted then let the Living Wandle team know livingwandle@wandsworth.gov.uk
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