River Wandle

The amazing wildlife of Wandle Park pond

Posted on June 13th, by Peter Ball in Culture. 2 comments

If you think of Croydon as a barren urban wilderness, you’re very much mistaken

In 2012, after decades channelled underground, the river Wandle was re-surfaced to flow through the park to which it gives its name. The remodelling of the landscape also created a pond. It’s here that I recently captured these images of some of the wild creatures with whom we unknowingly share our town, and … Read More »

The Wandle pollution scandal isn’t going away

Posted on May 16th, by Peter Ball in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Now there’s sewage in the River Wandle

I recently wrote an article in the Citizen highlighting the issue of visible pollution in the River Wandle in Croydon. Since then I have carried out further investigations. What I have discovered is troubling.

After becoming aware of pollution in January 2017, I have walked the length of the river within Wandle Park almost every day. There has not been a … Read More »

Outer London is rising to power, if you believe Will Self

Posted on September 23rd, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Doughnut Festival 2015 was its name but, as Charles Barber reports, its content was meaty

I was recently both intrigued and excited to learn about the ‘Doughnut Festival’, hosted by writer Will Self and presented by the Architecture Foundation, to be held to discuss and explore the outer suburbs of London. 

Once it was all about Zones 1 and 2 without a doubt: seat of government, home to the … Read More »

Poem: Observations from a bench in Wandle Park

Posted on April 28th, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

Since moving to Croydon from Woking some months ago, Charles B. Wordsmith has been blogging his experiences and observations about his new home. Here he seeks to capture an afternoon on a bench alongside the re-surfaced Wandle river

Observations from a bench in Wandle Park


Small, dainty, pretty seagulls swim

Around the pond in Wandle Park,

Like toy model boats with bobbing bottoms,

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Happy Chinese New Year, Croydon! Love from Hale Man, artist-in-residence

Posted on February 27th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a go at visualising Croydon’s Five Elements of Transformation – water, earth, wood, metal and fire

The Whitgift Centre‘s artist-in-residence, Hale Man, hosted her artistic celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February, with workshops and guided tours in her ground floor studio, close to the centre’s information point. On Sunday afternoon, I took a tour as part of a … Read More »

Wandle treasure hunt gets underway!

Posted on November 21st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership is seeking volunteers to help find the river’s lost artefacts. 

Release begins: The Wandle has a rich industrial heritage, in the 17th and 18th century it played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution with its waters powering over 100 mills, mostly engaged in the production of textiles and tobacco. Most of these have long since disappeared along with any artefacts they contained.

The … Read More »

Industrial heritage on the banks of the Wandle

Posted on October 20th, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton tells the story of the river Wandle past and present

6th July last year saw the Wandle Park Revival Community Day celebrating the regeneration of this Croydon park. This followed work on the restoration of the River Wandle, which was broken out from a concrete culvert beneath the park. Now it’s the turn of the nearby Waddon Ponds to have money spent on … Read More »

Riverside café opens in Wandle Park

Posted on July 18th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

The renaissance of Wandle Park Croydon continues with the opening a new café. Served ethically-sourced products, the café will add to the attractions available in the area, increasingly the popularity of the riverside park for both locals and visitors. 

Release begins: A new café has opening in Wandle Park to add to the growing list of attractions for the increasing numbers of visitors who enjoy riverside walks in … Read More »