Opportunity to become a Friend of Waddon Ponds offered to locals by Croydon Council

By - Wednesday 18th June, 2014

Croydon Council feels that now is the right time to establish a ‘Friends of Waddon Ponds’ group. It is therefore offering local people the opportunity to work with the council to preserve these important natural assets and work on valuable initiatives such as improving habitats.

The River Wandle flows through Waddon. Image by Liz Sheppard-Jones, used with permission.

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Waddon Ponds is one of the few places in Croydon where you can see the River Wandle above ground and with its crystal clear water it’s a much needed peaceful haven in the town centre.

Work started earlier this year to transform the ponds into ‘naturalistic’ wetlands, the changes such as bank restoration and planting of native British species will improve the habitat for a wide range of amphibians, invertebrates and wildfowl. The duck ramps have been incredibly popular! Work continues in the autumn.

After extensive public consultation the first phase of works was completed in 2012 as part of Croydon Councils ‘Parks to be Proud of’ initiative; two timber viewing platforms and Kingfisher and nesting islands were installed.

The Council has plans for further improvement, subject to funding, but feel now is the right time to establish a ‘Friends of Waddon Ponds’ group and are looking to the local people to work with them to preserve this valuable asset. The Councils Community Partnership Officer (CPO) will support and mentor the group to identify opportunities to enhance and care for the park. There are no ‘must dos’, the scope of the group depends on the skills and time commitment of its volunteers, you will decide!

If this sounds like you or you are just interested please email the Living Wandle team on LivingWandle@wandsworth.gov.uk and a get together will be organised to decide how to take the Friends Group forward.

Waddon Ponds is one of the projects in the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme programme which secured £1.9 million of Heritage Lottery funding in 2013 to make the river Wandle a community asset. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved, with heritage, wildlife, education and community events along the river.

For more information about the Living Wandle programme email LivingWandle@wandsworth.gov.uk or see our webpages on the Wandle Valley Regional Part Trust website.

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