Tooting life – The River Wandle

It is amazing what people do in their spare time.  Dressing in green rubber waders from the waist down, and a Stabilo yellow jacket from the waist up would not be my usual choice of attire on a Sunday afternoon, but this week-end many Wandsworth residents will be trying it for size.

The River Wandle is a unique South London chalkstream which flows north from Croydon and Carshalton to join the Thames at Wandsworth. In Victorian times, the Wandle was one of the hardest-working rivers in the world, with 90 mills along its 11 mile length. In the 1960’s, it was officially declared a sewer.  (from the Wandle Trust website.)

On the second Sunday of each month, the Wandle Trust run community clean-ups at various points on the river.  This Sunday they will be tackling a section of the river in Earlsfield, Wandsworth.  Not exactly Tooting admittedly, but it’s all connected.  They reckon they will remove 2 skips worth of rubbish from the river in 3 hours, which is pretty good going.