HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO Sir David Attenborough
TLS 20th Anniversary Party, with some of the founding members, two of our patrons (Sir David Attenborough and Kim Wilkie), Becky Law and the two (present and past) Co-ordinator’s Donna Clack and Jason Debney
HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the TLS 20th Anniversary Event
How we are Managed?
- Executive Review Board
Meets four times a year, plus one annual meeting, to provide strategic guidance. Local Councillors, landowners, business and the community are represented on the Group. Chairmanship (and Chair Designate) of the Group rotates annually. For 2014/15, Cllr Paul Lynch is Chair, Cllr Peter Hicklman is Chair Designate.
- Officers Steering Committee
Meets four times a year to assist and guide the Co-ordinator. It consists of senior Local Authority officers and representatives from the National Agencies. Chairmanship rotates annually between the Councils and Agencies. Officers work in partnership with the Co-ordinator to develop projects and strategic policy.
- Thames Landscape Strategy Staff
The Co-ordinator’s role is to find resources, promote projects, co-ordinate and encourage the local authorities, statutory organisations, landowners and the local community to turn the Strategy into action. Funding has been secured to part fund a full time Project Development Officer.
Co-ordinator: Jason Debney
Project Development Officer: Rebecca Law
Volunteer Secretary (CAG): Pat Speight
Volunteer Events and Special Projects Officer: Nicky Wood
- Community Advisory Group
Meeting four times a year, the Group acts as a community forum and enables the Co-ordinator to have access to local and specialist advice. A rolling programme to encourage new membership commenced in 1998. The CAG provides a bottom up, community led approach to environmental management that has underpinned the TLS since inception.
The Chair is Paula Day.
- Thames Landscape Strategy Friends of the Thames Group
The TLS has an active friends group made up of the many individuals and groups that have an interest in the Thames. The Friends meet once a year at the Annual Meeting and are kept up to date on the Strategy’s work through the Annual Review. Much of the day-to-day work of the Strategy is achieved through the active involvement of the Friends in volunteer action, fundraising and other activities. If you are interested in becoming a friend please contact us
A TLS garden party for friends and partners
- TLS ‘In Action’ Projects
The TLS has established a series of ‘in action’ projects to implement the Thames Landscape Strategy on the ground. These consist of sub groups of the TLS bringing together those groups and organizations that are needed to implement each individual project.
A team of volunteers has been established covering the areas of foreshore and Thames Path tidy groups, conservation practical work, project management, events organising, nature conservation and fundraising.
Over 250,000 volunteer hours have been clocked up over the past 14 years
- Other Organisations and the Wider Community
In addition to the funding partners, there are over150 community groups, statutory and 50 Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) which operate in the Thames Landscape Strategy area that the TLS works closely with.
- Father Thames Trust
The Father Thames Trust is the charitable arm of the Strategy. Chairman of the Trust is Lord Watson of Richmond.
South West London Environment Network
The Thames Landscape Strategy is the founding partner in the South West London Environment Network. The Network brings together the community, voluntary organisations (including charities) and schools working on environmental projects within South West London, promoting information about them and their activities, whilst also providing a support and development role. In addition SWLEN also has its own projects and sub-groups to increase environmental activity, biological diversity and sustainable thinking & practice. The Network’s role is similar to a council for voluntary service but working only within the environmental sector.
The Thames Landscape Strategy works across a wide geographical area with a wide range of partners. Since it was established in 1994, the Strategy has forged strong links with community groups within its area. Liason with community groups is vital to the Strategy’s success, and enables the Strategy to facilitate a dialogue between the community and statutory institutions such as local councils and the Environment Agency, to ensure that local voices are heard in any proposals that impact on the river.
The Thames Landscape Strategy also helps local groups look after their stretch of the River by providing tools, advice and time for volunteer work days by the riverside.
Below are some links to organisations we work with along the Thames between Hampton and Kew and beyond.
HurstPark Residents Association
The Marble Hill Society
The Ham and Petersham Association
Ham Amenities Group