Planning & Landscape Restoration

Putting the Thames Landscape Strategy into action, has been a 25 year rolling programme of implementing the projects and management proposals set out in the strategy.  The Thames Landscape Strategy works in partnership with our funding partners, other organisations and the local community to implement the guidance, projects and management proposals set out in the Thames Landscape Strategy either directly or acting as a catalyst for partners to implement projects.

Towpath Management Plan

The TLS Towpath Management Plan. updated by the TLS annually, sets out the specific management requirements for the riverside and has provided a handbook to guide maintenance for riparian owners, appointed contractors and communities since 2001.  The plan provides the practical information needed – on a site by site basis, to manage the towpaths and informal open spaces.  The plan includes:

  • litter collection – based on the tides
  • tree works
  • mowing regimes including annual hay cuts
  • invasive species removal
  • tree and hedge planting
  • maintenance of street furniture
  • surface repair

The plan ensures that  volunteering is directly linked to statutory provision in order to provide a best use of resources.  Where extra measures are needed to top up statutory mechanisms and volunteer output the plan identifies possible sources of additional funding that would be required to implement these works.  Where needed, the TLS has worked directly with appointed contractors.

 

TLS Action Plan

Annual Action Plan for the Thames Landscape Strategy's project delivery.

Rewilding Arcadia

2021- now

The purpose of Rewilding Arcadia is to deliver and explain a series of nature-based flood risk management projects that are designed to restore the lost floodplain to re-connect water, people, heritage and wildlife with the natural cycles of the Thames (in normal times, during floods and drought). 

Rewilding Arcadia looks to achieve multiple landscape benefits, for the long-term, to ensure that local communities, businesses, landowners, agencies and river users are fully engaged with flood risk management policy and solutions to increase public understanding about flooding and the need for change.

Please find the full evaluation report from Phase 1 of Rewilding Arcadia in the Publications section.

Boardwalks

 

Ham Avenue Restoration

Restoration of the Ham Avenues involving scrub clearance, new tree planting, timber fence replacement carried out by local volunteers, school pupils and community payback. 

Historic vistas

The view from Richmond Hill

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