London’s river is as diverse as the capital itself, constantly changing as it flows through the metropolis to the sea. This variety has been characterised into four distinct reaches, based on an understanding of the unique features, environments, dynamism and use of the Thames corridor, rather than on more traditional political or navigational boundaries. These reaches are:
- Weybridge to Hampton to Kew – Thames Landscape Strategy
- Kew to Chelsea - Thames Strategy
- Chelsea to Tower Bridge - Cross River Partnership
- TowerBridge to Shoeburyness – Thames Estuary Partnership
The Thames Landscape Strategy, established in 1994, brings together a sub regional partnership of riparian organisations and communities within a 100-year vision for one of these distinct reaches between Hampton and Kew. This stretch of the Thames, bridges the divide between the freshwater and tidal river at Teddington within a wider collective riverscape of parks, palaces, public open spaces and working riverside communities. Similar initiatives have been established for two of the three other reaches of the river namely the Thames Strategy Kew to Chelsea and the Thames Estuary Partnership - Tower Bridge to Shoeburyness. Collectively these three organisations form the River Thames sub-regional partnerships, as recognised in the Mayor’s Plan for London.
Cllr Tony Arbour, Cllr Bary O’Mahony and Jason Debney, Co-ordinator of the Thames Landscape Strategy with Mayor for London Boris Johnson
Although quite independent from each other these three sub-regional partnerships work closely with one another and have pioneered the principle that through their local networks and respective visions, wider strategic goals such as flood risk management, biodiversity action plans, the Thames Waterways Plan and the Blue Ribbon Network Annex of the London Plan can be made accessible to a wide cross section of the community, and also be actioned on the ground through community action.