New Applications

Applications for the final round of funding must be made by first completing the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). Where projects and organisations are found to meet the basic requirements of WREF, the WREF team will provide an Application Form. Both the PQQ and Application Form must be completed within the application window, which is open from 7th January 2019 and closes on 7th February 2019. For more information please see Application Packs.

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

For more information see: Guidelines for Applicants

Recently Completed Projects

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses – Category D – Completed December 2017
This project is undertaking a range of key improvements to its one acre site including their upper greenhouse. All the works will deepen their community offering, further embedding the charity in the heart of the community as well as improving efforts to garden in a way that supports biodiversity and wildlife, at the same time as delivering an example of horticultural best practice to learner gardeners.

Lost Effra – Category DA – Completed January 2017
Lost Effra involves two projects which aim to either create or improve three habitat areas to benefit urban pollinators. Project 1 - Create biodiverse green roofs on two shipping containers to provide wildflower habitats for pollinators, one at Loughborough Farm and the other in Lambeth. Project 2 – Work with residents to create a wildlife habitat and improve drainage on Oborne Close social housing estate; a heavily paved and grey residential area used by many as a pedestrian walkthrough to the railway station in central Herne Hill.

Bush Theatre Sedum Roof – Category D – Completed March 2017
The Bush will install a new “green” roof. The Bush’s flat roof is 500 square metres of which 245 square metres is to be covered with sedum. From here the roof will take 3 years to mature and will be visible to passengers on the Hammersmith & Circle lines which run past the theatre’s roof.

Trewint Gateway – Category D – Completed November 2016
The aim of the project is to improve access to the River Wandle, the Wandle trail and the wider regional park by creating an improved Wandle Gateway area at Trewint Street. These improvements will improve biodiversity and visual amenity, and support a more sustainable approach to managing surface water run-off. This will include: • Redesign of infrastructure • Adaptations to existing infrastructure • Low cost creative graphic interventions to support wayfinding and interpretation of river processes • Improvements to the riverside vegetation and the inclusion of new green infrastructure in the adjacent streetscape

Philpot Square – Category D – Completed November 2016
This project is to transform an open space into a community activity square. The site is currently in a poor state of repair, with outdated play equipment and a slippery, uneven floor surface. The project would create an inspiring play area for children and recreational area. This will include: • Medium / low impact play equipment for under and over 7 year • New planting beds throughout the play area to define various spaces • Seating for residents to watch, socialise and enjoy nature and the outdoors • Informal planting and seating space underneath trees

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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