The Thames Landscape Strategy is a subregional partnership for the River Thames between Hampton and Kew in West London. The Strategy is supported by the following organisations:
London Borough of Richmond / Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames / London Borough of Hounslow / Elmbridge Borough Council / Environment Agency / The Royal Parks Agency / The National Trust / English Heritage / Historic Royal Palaces / Royal Botanic Gardens Kew / Port of London Authority / Surrey County Council / Crown Estate / Kingston University
Between Hampton and Kew the Thames meanders through a connected landscape of parks, palaces and working communities known as the Arcadian Thames. Centuries of settlement have left a unique legacy of architecture, public access and nature conservation unparreled in the rest of the capital. One of three sub-regional partnerships for London’s river the Thames Landscape Strategy is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to understand and conserve this special stretch of river and to enhance its character – both natural and manmade.
Initially the Thames Landscape Strategy developed from proposals to restore the network of neglected historic vistas, avenues and landscapes along and across the river but the growing awareness of the need for a series of integrated policies for the Thames gradually evolved to cover an analysis of the character of the river corridor between Hampton and Kew, leading to the publication in 1994 of the Thames Landscape Strategy (now incorporated into planning policy) and the formation of the Thames Landscape Strategy Partnership. Consisting of 14 funding partners the ground-breaking organisation works closely with over 100 local groups and communities and has won many awards. During the past twelve years the Strategy has successfully turned the original vision into reality through the implementation of a wide range of initiatives in the areas of recreation, land management, nature conservation, flood risk management, historic restoration, river use, access and interpretation, visitor provision and landscape enhancement.
The Thames Landscape Strategy has been reviewed. Follow the link below for details.
The Thames Landscape Strategy is a 100-year blueprint for the River Thames between Hampton and Kew. To view the full strategy document follow the link below.
View the latest Annual Review, a roundup of all the latest developments in the Arcadian Thames