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Shires on the Avenues and The Last Herd

The TLS Shires on the Avenues project is now in its third year  of management on the Ham Avenues. At the end of May/beginning of June – Operation Centaur (Shire Horses team housed at Richmond Park and Hampton Court) work with the TLS to carry out a hay cut on the Avenues. Helped by corporate volunteers arranged in partnership with the National Trust the work provides a sensitive management of the grasses along the historic 17th Century landscape around Ham House. The volunteers cut areas unreachable by mowers and the horses walk up and down the avenues pulling traditional cutting tools...

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TLS marks the life of Pocahontas on the 400th anniversary of her death

The Thames Landscape Strategy had great pleasure co-ordinating the Pocahontas at Syon: From the James to the Thames events between 16th and 21st March.  The TLS events culminated with a dedication to Pocahontas at Syon House on 20th March attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester with Chief Emeritus Ken Adams ,Chief Steve Adkins, and Chief Anne Richardson will be representing the Virginian Powhatan tribes.     Matoaka, daughter of Chief Powhatan and more commonly known as Pocahontas was born and raised along the banks of the James River near Richmond Virginia but died in March 1617 on...

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Vote for the Father Thames Trust at Your Local Tescos

  Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. The Father Thames Trust has been successful in reaching this voting stage to fund two exciting new Thames Landscape Strategy Projects: ‘Shires on the Avenues’, and ‘Hurst Park Wildlife Area and Towpath Improvements’.  Shires on the Avenues – following the successful trial last summer, that saw the...

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Totally Thames TLS Events September 2015

As part of the Totally Thames Festival 2015 – the TLS is organising and taking part in a series of projects and events throughout September Shires on the Avenues 7 – 11th September Volunteer Opportunity. Conservation work alongside the shire horse team on the historic Ham Avenues. 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. Thames Alive! 11th September 9.15 am On the foreshore outside the Bell and Crown pub Strand on the Green. Organised by the Zoological Society of London come and find out what lives in the river. Not to missed! The Great River Race 12th September. Come and watch London’s river marathon or...

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Shires on the Avenues is back

As part of our trial heritage management project on the Ham Avenues, Operation Centaur has joined the TLS, and volunteers organised in partnership with the National Trust, to carry out another hay cut. Throughout this week, the horses and volunteer teams will be working up and down the Ham Avenues at Ham House, cutting the grass and managing the scrub. This is to maintain the character and structure of the Avenues but also to re-introduce traditional management methods to the site. Giving a taste of what the work on this, and many of the surrounding estates, would have looked like. Lots of...

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TLS Volunteering

The TLS’s volunteer programe has been running over the winter to great success. 5 days a week and 1 Saturday a month have been spent on the tidal and non tidal Thames in the TLS area cleaning up towpath, managing scrub and looking after the riverside trees. This work is vital to the management of the Thames and ensuring the diversity and accessibility of the towpath and riverbank.  

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