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Monday, 1 August 2011

Lottery cash to revitalise Wandle Valley

Plans to revitalise the Wandle Valley by improving the local environment and celebrating the river’s historical legacy have moved a step closer with the award of a cash windfall from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The HLF has awarded £78,000 to a consortium of four boroughs, including Sutton, which will now aim to revitalise the Wandle Valley as a major community asset to people living in Sutton, Wandsworth, Merton and Croydon.

The money will be used to draw up plans to protect the valley's open spaces and diverse natural environment and encourage greater involvement in the life of the river by its neighbouring communities through volunteering and education. It will also aim to maximise the area's potential for sustainable transport, health, tourism and leisure.

The award is the first urban landscape improvement scheme that the HLF has made under its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme*. The organisation has also set aside a further £1.9m to develop the project further in the coming years, if the next round of proposals meets the HLF’s funding criteria.

Picture shows pupils from Sutton Grammar releasing trout fry into the River Wandle.
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