Thames Landscape Strategy


Thames Landscape Strategy

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The Thames Landscape Strategy is a not-for-profit partnership that champions the river corridor between Weybridge, Hampton and Kew – that for centuries has been known as the Arcadian Thames. Our aim is to understand, promote and conserve this special stretch of the river and to enhance its character – both natural and manmade.

Launched in 1994, the TLS is a 100-year blueprint for the Thames, whose vision is set out in the award winning Thames Landscape Strategy report.  The report provides strategic guidance for the Thames corridor as well as a detailed character appraisal of the river’s historic, cultural, natural and recreational associations. THAMESVISTALINES

To achieve our aims, the Strategy brings together a partnership of 14 statutory and non-statutory organisations, over 250 local groups and many individuals to inform policy and to provide a link between the authorities, the community and the vision.


The TLS employs two full time members of staff who provide a catalyst to implement project work on the ground. Since 2000, more than £21M has been raised to enhance the Thames corridor on a range of schemes including landscape restoration, biodiversity works, recreational improvements, habitat creation, catchment management and flood risk enhancements.


The TLS partnership has an active education and outreach programme that seeks to find new and exciting ways for a diverse range of people to understand and use the river corridor.  Volunteering is at the core of the way that the TLS works – having managed 350,000 volunteer hours over 15 years to manage and enhance the river.

Cutting the Avenues

The TLS Towpath Management Plan is updated annually setting out the day-to-day actions needed to manage the diverse and much cherished riverbanks of the Arcadian Thames.

The Thames Landscape Strategy partnership includes three separate but inter-linked organisations: the TLS itself, the Father Thames Trust charity and Action Arcadia CIC (a social enterprise) and is the chair of the All London Green Grid Area Nine partnership for the Arcadian Thames.

 A Message from Sir David Attenborough: Our Founding Patron


‘I have been associated with the Thames Landscape Strategy for over 20 years and have great pleasure in writing this message of support.

The Thames Landscape Strategy is a quite extraordinary phenomena. It is that very rare animal: an organisation with real popular appeal and an imaginative sense of what it is about landscapes that fire people’s imagination.

We should rejoice in having such an enthusiastic and committed partnership to guide the process of change along such a special stretch of river.

The number of conflicting interests and concerns that there are along both banks of the Thames is daunting. The great success of the Thames Landscape Strategy has been to bring together and organise this plethora of partners, boroughs and communities. By ‘herding cats’, it has achieved the impossible.

The TLS has ensured that a varied wildlife habitat has been maintained, it has supported traditional river activities and has managed the landscape in a sensitive way that has complemented the marvellous historic buildings, nature reserves and parks that line this stretch of the Thames.

The record of the Thames landscape Strategy is remarkable.  I congratulate them and offer my whole hearted support for the future’.

Sir David Attenborough with TLS partners and volunteers

Watch Sir David’s introduction to the Thames Landscape Strategy by clicking the You tube link below

Make a Donation

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Over the past ten years we have carried out over 350,000 volunteer hours of work and raised £21M to conserve the river corridor and increase its use. This work is only possible because of the way that the Thames Landscape Strategy is funded.

Our funding partners provide £55k p.a. – representing a proportion of the costs needed to support the day-to-day running of the small but dynamic office.  In 2019/20 we have to raise an additional £65k of un-restricted funds simply to keep us going. Private donations and business contributions are needed to make up the shortfall. This funding is also used to unlock larger pots of money from external grant-giving trusts, making even small contributions go a long way, enabling the Thames Landscape Strategy to achieve its conservation goals and enhance this unique and internationally important landscape.

You can donate to the Thames Landscape Strategy through the charity: The Father Thames Trust (100% of your donation will go to the TLS). Don’t forget, if you are a UK tax payer to fill out the Gift Aid declaration adding even more value to your donation.

Click below to find out how you can support the work of the Thames Landscape Strategy


Thames Landscape Strategy

Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond TW10 5HS

For more information visit: www.th79.170.40.244/ or phone 0208940 0654.

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TLS Executive Summary 2017

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