29th May 2020 – Local charity Environment Trust is continuing its work to protect and restore our threatened green spaces and historical built environment in south and west London, despite the challenges of ‘lockdown’. The charity is this week kicking off a viability study for restoration of the Grade II Listed Thames Eyot Boathouse and announcing a new Green Hubs project to encourage urban biodiversity.

Thames Eyot Boathouse Environment Trust is delighted to announce that it has appointed Caroe Architecture to lead a viability study for the restoration of the Grade II Listed Thames Eyot boathouse in Twickenham, next to the Riverside development.

The boathouse was built in the 1870s by Frederick Chancellor as part of the remodelling of Poulett Lodge. It is currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register.

Emily Lunn, Heritage Project Manager, Environment Trust says: “The main house was demolished in 1933 but the distinctive riverside balustrade remains along with the boathouse, a typical example of those that would have existed all along the Thames in the early 20th century, the ‘golden age of boating’. We are really excited to be working with Historic England, Pilgrim Trust and Civic Pride Fund on plans for a sustainable restoration of this wonderful building.”

Green Hubs – Environment Trust has won a grant from the People's Postcode Lottery to support local groups in creating Green Hubs. The hubs will act as ‘stepping stones’ for urban wildlife, helping to combat the effects of habitat fragmentation and increase biodiversity.

Francesca Batt, Nature Conservation Manager, Environment Trust explains: “We are working with residents, councils, businesses and community groups to create thriving habitats in small, underused green spaces. From roadside verges, to areas outside of houses, community centres, offices and schools; all of these spaces can have a positive impact on biodiversity. By improving these small areas we are able to offer increased food sources and shelter to pollinators, birds and hedgehogs.”

If you would like to get involved, or you know of a green space in your area that could become a Green Hub for wildlife, see our Green Hubs map for more information.

John Anderson, Chair of Trustees, Environment Trust said: “We are really proud of the way our team has responded to the challenges of working through the COVID-19 crisis. Under the constraints of ‘lockdown living’ we are all more aware than ever how important it is that our local historic and green spaces are accessible and inviting to everyone in our local communities. Like other local charities, we have had to cancel events and have furloughed some of our staff, but those that can are continuing to work from home. The Green Hubs and Thames Eyot Boathouse projects are great examples of what they are already achieving, and we have more exciting projects in the pipeline too.”

Merger update

In March we announced our intention to merge with South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) to create a single, combined charity with the capacity and skills to achieve greater impact for natural and built heritage in southwest London. The launch of the newly combined charity, originally planned for June, has been delayed until the autumn because of the COVID-19 crisis.

For further information contact 07860 878462 / [email protected] 

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Notes for editors:

Environment Trust is a charity working for a restored and extensive natural and historical heritage in south and west London which connects and enriches fragmented, degraded and isolated historic and green spaces, and which are accessible and inviting to all, to explore, co-create, actively experience and feel part of.

Our mission is:

  1. To protect and restore our threatened rivers, green spaces, parks and historic built environment, and extend them through connecting them along green corridors, and new community spaces.
  2. To protect and restore historical built environment for this and future generations, and through engagement with this heritage to deepen peoples’ sense of belonging and pride in place.
  3. To realise the mutuality between urban historical and natural heritage goals.
  4. To promote an accessible and inclusive approach to our environmental and historical heritage through opportunities for all communities and individuals to be part of restoring, experiencing, and co-creating new spaces and becoming part of a larger movement for change.
  5. To promote learning for people of all ages and to deepen appreciation of our local natural and built environment

Cover image courtesy of Heritage of London Trust