Building new urban wetlands

For three decades, we have worked in partnership with Thames Water to bring wetland nature to urban communities across Greater London and Slough.

Before: The four Victorian resevoirs that were to become the London Wetland Centre

It all began in 1990, when we brought together Thames Water, Berkeley Homes and the London Borough of Richmond to realise our founder, Sir Peter Scott’s, dream in the development of a ground-breaking wetland conservation centre in the heart of the capital.

Spearheaded by Thames Water’s gift of four Victorian reservoirs, marked for decommission, the project got off the blocks when Berkeley Homes came on board through the construction of the enabling housing development, Barnes Waterside. The result was an urban oasis for wildlife and people, which has inspired similar metropolitan wetlands projects around the globe.

After: The London Wetland Centre in all its glory

Since this visionary start, Thames Water have continued to work in partnership with us and other partners to bring wetland nature to the Greater London area including through the redevelopment of Prince of Wales Park in Enfield and Salt Hill Park in Slough, where we have worked with Thames Water and the Environment Agency to empower local people to engage with and take ownership of their local wetland waterscapes.

Thames Water’s visionary support of London Wetland Centre continues today through cornerstone capital developments at the reserve including our Pond Zone learning space and Thames H2O Education Centre, through which nearly 300,000 pupils have benefitted whilst on educational visits to London Wetland Centre. We have also worked with Thames Water to bring wetland nature to schoolchildren through our award-winning SuDS for Schools project.