New wetland boardwalk for Morden Hall Park
We’re putting in a new boardwalk to link the two halves of the park and to improve our wetland habitat as part of The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme. Over the next 5 years, this scheme will enhance a 20-mile stretch of the river which has, in places, become publicly inaccessible or hidden by urban development.
Our new boardwalk
We will be installing a new 285m boardwalk over the park wetlands which will create a circular route around the park. This boardwalk will take people across the River Wandle and the extensive wetlands in the park. The boardwalk will incorporate a raised viewpoint and a platform from which to investigate creatures living in the water.
The project is expected to start in early 2015 with the clearance of the site and the boardwalk will open in late summer 2015.
The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme has received £1.9 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to deliver a series of improvement projects along the whole length of the River Wandle. This partnership will revitalise the Wandle and provide opportunities for local people to get involved in a range of projects and activities which celebrate the heritage, culture, landscape and biodiversity of the river.
Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said:
“This exciting partnership project will open up both physical access and educational opportunities to the many communities that live or work close to it.”
The partnership includes Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth councils, Groundwork London, the National Trust, Wandle Valley Festival, London Wildlife Trust, Wandle Trust, and Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust.