Case Studies
To date WREF has supported over 230 different projects, across the four Western Riverside Waste Authority boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
WREF currently supports projects in the following categories:
  • Category D: The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or public amenity where it is for the protection of the environment*
  • Category DA: Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species habitats

*NB: ENTRUST considers that the wording ‘for protection of the environment’ includes the protection of the social and built environment as well as the natural environment.

The following are examples of recently funded projects:

CATEGORY D - The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or public amenity where it is for the protection of the environment.

Palace Road Nature Garden
Friends of Hillside Gardens Park, Phase 1 - D – Project 372

Originally quite an overgrown site, the first phase of this project focussed on creating a woodland nature trail, public seating and an education programme in collaboration with local organisations.  There was also maintenance to areas of the garden, such as cutting back overgrown vegetation. The local scout group and other local community organisations are benefitting from the improvements and use the nature garden as a site for informal activities, learning and recreation.

Palace Road Nature Garden is an important site for nature conservation and provides a space for recreation and enjoyment by the whole community.

Queen Caroline Estate
Groundwork London - D – Project 432

The project aimed to regenerate the toddlers play area on the Queen Caroline Estate in Hammersmith and Fulham and encourage community usage of the public space.  Before the transformation the area appeared tired and well used, and so the project was widely supported by residents and local groups given its clear benefits.  New additions to the installation included: a hard surfacing area for ball games; a climbing frame unit; a swing set with toddler and flat swings; a springer and spinner; a natural walkway made from sleepers and stepping logs; an area for sensory play with mosaics; grasses and bamboo climbing poles and a painted mural wall on pram sheds. 


The launch event was well attended by residents, with local Councillor Cowan remarking, ‘”What matters most is that when people work together and they give up their free time and focus on doing the right thing, you get amazing things happening.  One of those amazing things is this beautiful play area.”

CATEGORY DA - Category DA: Delivery of biodiversity conservation for UK species habitats

V&A Living Roof
Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust - DA – Project 414

The objective of this project was to transform 200m2 of conventional roof space on the Victoria and Albert Museum into a wildlife haven by installing a biodiverse green roof (a living roof).  The project also aimed to encourage community engagement in promoting urban green roofs, wildlife, gardening and nature.  The wetland green roof was installed during the warm summer of 2013, and over the winter the wildflower plugs took root. The wildflower seed mix, suitable for wetland areas, covered the roof meadows and spring heralded a small oasis of wildlife in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington. The wetland roof is to be fed with water discharged from nearby air conditioning units, which will be of particular importance during heat waves.


Storing rainwater, encouraging flora and fauna and reuse of water are all part of the ongoing story of London’s first wetland roof.  It is hoped that having a green roof on such a high-profile building will highlight the importance of these urban insect habitats, and encourage other buildings to consider similar projects.

Lambeth Floating Marsh
The Cspace Trust, DA – 419

This project was to construct a floating reed bed to ‘green’ the Thames riverbank and provide a sheltered habitat for river organisms amongst the fast flowing and turbulent water of the river caused by the narrowing of the river by urban development.  The reed bed was to emulate the historical Lambeth Marsh and acts as a pilot for expanding biodiversity conservation along the banks of the Thames, while providing an educational resource for the wider public.   Images of the river micro-organisms found were projected onto the Albert Embankment to draw attention to the importance of supporting biodiversity along urban rivers and to encourage more comprehensive food chains to support the increase in wildlife seen in the Thames, such as seals, whales and dolphins.

It is hoped that such a model could be used in more parts of the Thames, especially on docks and other river 'furniture', with the potential to be used in other cities worldwide.

Palace Road Nature Garden – Biodiversity Project
DA – Project 451 – Phase 2

This project was an extension of works already undertaken at Palace Road Nature Garden. Phase 2  aimed to improve biodiversity by carrying out enhanced woodland management, an interpretation panel and pond renovations.  The nature garden had suffered from natural succession by self-seeded trees and dense ivy ground cover. Grassland areas had been encroached by invasive weeds, brambles and by layers of dead organic material which inhibited floral diversity.

Appropriate intervention and replanting was needed to increase biodiversity and benefit wildlife. Woodland management involved felling of a number of self seeded sycamore trees and replanting with a variety of species given by the Woodland Trust. Grassland areas were turned over and replanted with a wildflower seed mix to create a diverse and colourful wildflower meadow.  Some extra public benches were added too which will help the thriving volunteer group which provides essential maintenance of this beautiful Nature Garden.

For more information please contact us:
Western Riverside Environmental Fund
12 Baron Street, London, N1 9LL
Tel: 020 7239 1292, Email:londonprogrammes@groundwork.org.uk
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