Support Us by making a Donation or Volunteer

There are many different ways that you can support the work of the Thames Landscape Strategy.  This could be through making a donation, setting up a standing order, commissioning the expertise of the TLS as a consultant, volunteering or working for us.   Click here to find out how you can help by either volunteering or donating to our charity The Father Thames Trust.

 

Make a Donation

Our work is only possible because of the generosity of our funders and through the unique way that the Strategy is funded.  As well as supporting the day-to-day running of the small but dynamic organisation, private and business contributions to our charity The Father Thames Trust are used as match funding to partner monies and to unlock larger funding pots from grant giving trusts.  In this way even small contributions can go a long way.  Without these funds it is unlikely that few of the improvements along the river we enjoy today would be possible.  There is no statutory remit for any of the main riparian owners to carry out this type of work.

Traditionally the Thames Landscape Strategy has been funded through the public purse but recent Government savings has seen this source of money reduced significantly. It costs £325 a day to run the Thames Landscape Strategy.  If the organisation is to continue its conservation and advocacy work these donations are crucial.

Click the link below to find out more on how you can give to the Thames Landscape Strategy through our donations and My Arcadia! giving scheme

Donate

Volunteering

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities or your family, business or local group would like to adopt a stretch of the river through the Arcadian Thames River Guardians scheme please click the link below

Arcadian Thames River Guardians

The TLS volunteering programme runs from November to March and during late May and June each year. During the winter months we will be busy enhancing habitats, digging scrapes and ponds or simply picking up rubbish or maintaining vegetation.  In the summer months we tend to concentrate on the control of invasive species – particularly Himalayan balsam.   In between these periods there are the events, regattas and river races we attend.  Volunteers are always needed to help at these.

In the freshwater reaches, the TLS has teamed up with the Surrey Care Trust to deliver our programme of activities working from their community narrow boat Swingbridge II.  This gives s a dry base with toilet and tool store from which to work from – literally cruising our way to the designated work area.  There is no better way to start a days work.  Swingbridge II works closely with the Probation Teams, volunteers work alongside community service workers clearing the riverbanks.

Downstream of Teddington things are a bit more rustic. We work from a tent ensuring that the first activity of the day is to make a dry camp and chop just enough wood to make a warming fire to boil hot water for our tea and coffee.

Please contact rebecca.law@richmond.gov.uk for details on the Volunteer Programme

 

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