New Applications

Expression of Interest forms can be submitted at any time. If your project is eligible you will be invited to submit a Supplementary Data form. The next deadline for Supplementary Data forms has not yet been set, but is likely to be in the last quarter of 2016 or early 2017. This page will be updated with the date once it has been confirmed.

WREF is now only able to support applications in cateogories D & DA.

For more information see: Guidelines for Applicants

Existing Projects

There are currently 22 WREF projects ongoing in the four target boroughs.

Recently Completed Projects

Palace Road Nature Garden Biodiversity Project, Phase 2 – Category DA – Completed November 2015
Woodland and management was carried out in the Nature Garden, including felling of self seeding trees to improve light penetration, clearing of brambles and planting trees. In addition, vegetation was pruned and cleared from paths leading through the garden, a wildflower meadow site was rotovated ready for the next year's planting, a native hedgegrow was planted at the back of the site and a pond dipping platform was installed for educational use. A number of benches were also revarnished and new benches installed in other locations. For more information on this project (including Phase 1) please see our Case Studies page.

Fulham Court – Category D – Completed October 2015
New play, parkour, fitness and ball court areas were provided at Fulham Court to encourage local people aged 12 and over to engage in recreation and leisure activities where there was a lack of facilities for this age range.  Other additions including locked courtyard areas with raised beds for planting flowers, vegetables and herbs, and a play area for younger children.

Lambeth Floating Marsh – Category DA – Completed September 2015
Lambeth Floating Marsh is an art/science collaboration between artist Loraine Leeson and biophysical chemist Nithin Rai, with support from the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology.  This project constructed a floating reed bed to ‘green’ the Thames riverbank and provide a sheltered habitat for organisms in the fast flowing and turbulent water of the river narrowed by urban development.  It is hoped this model may be usable more extensively on the Thames and potentially in other urban rivers worldwide.  For more information on this project please see our Case Studies page.

The Lodge Natural Play Area – Category D – Completed August 2015
The garden of a children’s centre was developed into a natural play space and also now provides educational benefits by enhancing children’s understanding and appreciation of the natural world.  Older children are also involved in the project through work experience placements and youth volunteering programmes.  The project provides nature-focused activities for the general public, with sessions on growing, harvesting, planting, bug hunting and plant identification.

Ruskin Park Rain Gardens – Category D – Completed August 2015
This was a project to improve the sustainability of Ruskin Park through the creation of a rain garden, installation of a SuDS system and maintaining and improving the borders at the Denmark Hill entrance.  This was complemented by education, volunteering (to deliver sustainability measures and activities linking water management, biodiversity, health), recreation and ‘play theme’ programmes. Ruskin Park’s resilience to flooding and biodiversity has been boosted by over 30 types of ferns, grasses, and perennials in the rain garden.

Eagle Pond Wetland Project – Category DA – Officially opened April 2015
The project was to extend, enhance, and improve the natural aquatic environment of Eagle Pond for the benefit of wildlife and the visiting public. Native tree planting and the creation of a shallow wetland area for amphibians and invertebrates took place, with suitable native aquatic, marginal and damp area planting. WREF funded the engineering works, protective fencing, modest landscaping, an interpretation board and aquatic and marginal plants.

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