The Environment Trust is a nature and heritage conservation charity working in green spaces and historic sites and buildings. Click on the links for further details of the projects we are working on.
In the heart of suburban London is a forgotten nature reserve called Raeburn Open Space where an exciting nature conservation project is underway. With the engagement of the local community and funding from Thames Water, we are transforming this five hectare site in Surbiton.Read more
The Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park, Twickenham is a volunteer-led heritage conservation garden celebrating the market garden history in South West London. It is about growing food, education and community engagement.
We look after all the volunteer groups who work in the garden, providing tools, expertise and support to help everyone enjoy the experience of tending the garden and growing their own food. We also run corporate volunteering days and educational events.Read more
Made famous by the character ‘Ratty’ in Wind in the Willows, the once common water vole has suffered the most catastrophic decline of any British mammal in the past century, driven by loss of habitat, pollution of waterways, increased urbanisation and predation by the invasive American mink. However, there is hope in the form of reintroductions and the Hogsmill River has been identified as a suitable potential site.Read more
The UK’s hedgehog is under threat. Over the past decade alone we have lost over half our rural hedgehogs and approximately a third of our urban hedgehogs. But those of us living in urban and suburban areas can help to reverse the decline to help save this iconic species.Read more
Map of Environment Trust projects in South West London.Read more
Hanworth Park has a remarkable and chequered history that stretches back to Henry VIII. Although the house is currently derelict, the Environment Trust is working with local stakeholders to secure its future for many more years to come.Read more
The Grade II listed boathouse at Thames Eyot sits on Historic England’s register of Heritage at Risk. It was built in the 1870s by Frederick Chancellor as part of the remodelling of Poulett Lodge – one of four grand houses along the Thames at Twickenham – for William Henry Punchard, an eminent engineer.Read more
St Leonards Air Raid Shelter is a hidden historic gem in Mortlake. This World War II air raid shelter was built in 1938 for the protection of the residents of St Leonards Court, Palmers Road, East Sheen, from aerial attack.Read more
Explore the history of Hanworth Air Park 1916-1955 in words and images. A Heritage Conservation project funded by Heathrow Community fund.Read more
Gunnersbury Park had a series of illustrious and wealthy owners. In 1861 Baron Lionel de Rothschild acquired an old clay pit and kiln, which he converted into a boathouse and pleasure lake. Working with Gunnersbury CIC, the organisation behind the heritage conservation of the mansion and park, the Environment Trust is hoping to sensitively restore the tower and lake to its former glory.Read more
Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) was a renowned Victorian explorer and prolific author. He and his wife Isabella (neé Arundell) are buried in a large stone mausoleum built to look like an Arab tent in St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, 61 Worple Way, Mortlake, SW14 8PRRead more
Just across the road from St Mary Magdalene Church in central Richmond, a narrow path (the Vineyard Passage) heads up the Hill between the Vestry House and the Travelodge Hotel. After about 30 yards it opens out to an old cemetery, which was transformed 50 years ago into a lightly wooded wild garden. It is secluded and quiet, and one of the lesser known treasures of Richmond.Read more
The Kingston Green Infrastructure Energy and Water project is about environmental sustainability and community engagement.
In partnership with the Royal Borough and with South West London Environment Network (SWLEN), we work with local people to develop and seek funding for practical Green Infrastructure and energy conservation projects.Read more