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Wandsworth ( (listen)) is a London borough in southwest London; it forms part of Inner London and has an estimated population of 329,677 inhabitants. Its main named areas are Battersea, Balham, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth Town.

The borough borders the London Borough of Lambeth to the east, the London Borough of Merton and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to the south, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to the west, and to the north (across the River Thames) three boroughs, namely the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. The local authority is Wandsworth London Borough Council.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Climate Change Information
Authors: WandsworthBC, Nov 25, 2021

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Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Wandle Trust, part of the South East Rivers Trust, an environmental charity which aims to deliver healthy river ecosystems (for all) across the south east of England. Monthly community river cleanups.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Wandsworth has responsibility for three Metropolitan Open Spaces:

  • Battersea Park
  • Wandsworth Common
  • Tooting Commons – the historically separate, but adjoining, Tooting Bec Common and Tooting Graveney Common

These three large green spaces together with a range of smaller parks and playgrounds (such as Wandsworth Park) are patrolled by Wandsworth Council's own parks police known from 1984 to 2012 as the Wandsworth Parks Police. From April 2012 the Parks Police team of 23 officers was replaced by a smaller Wandsworth Events Police Service (WEPS) working with a team of 12 Metropolitan Police Officers. This system was deemed unsuccessful, and in 2015 the WEPS was rebranded as Wandsworth Parks and Events Police (WPEP) and returned to full staffing levels of 33 police officers and support officers.

Also within the borough's boundaries are Putney Heath and part of Putney Lower Common, which are managed as part of Wimbledon Common, and the west side of Clapham Common, which is managed by the London Borough of Lambeth.

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

  • MeetandMakeSpaces, creative events for the whole of Tooting and beyond, added 16:29, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

see also: Community resources

Communities online[edit | edit source]

Furzedown Community Network

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Wandsworth Cycling Campaign

Wandsworth London Borough Council and Transport for London (TfL) maintain cycling infrastructure in the Borough.

Cycle Superhighway 7 (CS7) is an unbroken, signposted cycle route running through the southeastern portion of the Borough. The route runs along the A24 and A3 roads, through Tooting, Balham, and Clapham. Northbound the route links the Borough directly to the City of London via Kennington, Elephant and Castle, and Southwark. Southbound, the route runs unbroken to Colliers Wood.

Cycle Superhighway 8 (CS8) is an unbroken, signposted cycle route running through the northern edge of Wandsworth, through Battersea. The route runs east-west along the A3205/Battersea Park Road, but the route leaves the Borough to the north over Chelsea Bridge. The route begins in Wandsworth Town and runs to Millbank, City of Westminster, passing Chelsea and the Tate Britain en route.

Although CS8 leaves the Borough to the north, cycling infrastructure is provided along the entire A3205 route between Wandsworth Town and Nine Elms. This means that there is a continuous, signposted cycle route - primarily along designated cycle lanes - from Wandsworth Town and Battersea to Vauxhall, Lambeth, and the South Bank.

Quietway 4 (Q4) runs from Clapham Common to Earlsfield in the Borough, through Wandsworth Common.

The Wandle Trail is a shared-use trail for cyclists and pedestrians between Wandsworth Town and Waddon. The route is signposted and mainly traffic-free. It runs through Earlsfield, Colliers Wood, Morden, Mitcham, and Carshalton along the way.

The Santander Cycles bike-sharing system operates in Putney, Wandsworth Town, and Battersea.

National Cycle Route 4 W, Wandle TrailW

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Fairtrade Wandsworth

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Bramford Community Garden

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Thames Path W

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]


Jul 3 Tour de Tooting


September 13 - 14 Tooting Foodival


June 1 - 2 and 8 - 9 Wandle Weekends

September 28 - 29 Tooting Foodival


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Community resources[edit | edit source]

Battersea Arts Centre, Our Building
Authors: Battersea Arts Centre BAC, Jan 21, 2019

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The Battersea Arts Centre ("BAC") is a performance space specialising in theatre productions. Located near Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, in the London Borough of Wandsworth, it was formerly Battersea Town Hall. It is a Grade II* listed building.

In March 2015, while a major programme of renovation works were underway, the Grand Hall was severely damaged by fire. Approximately 70% of the theatre, including the 200-capacity Council Chamber, the Scratch Bar and the Members Library, was saved from the fire and remains open.

The building became a community arts centre in 1974.

Putney Arts Theatre ("PAT") is based in Putney, in the London Borough of Wandsworth and operates as a community space specialising in theatre productions.

The Putney Arts Theatre stands in the Union Chapel built by Sir Samuel Morton Peto in the late 19th century. After the original congregation fell dissolved, the London City Council acquired the building.

In 1968, the theatre troupe Group 64 leased the Union Chapel in Putney from the London City Council. Group 64 purchased the building in 1998 and renamed it the Putney Arts Theatre. The opening production was attended by Sir John Mills, a patron of the theatre.

Group 64 Youth Theatre is the resident Youth Theatre Group, and Putney Theatre Company is the resident Adult Theatre Group.

In 2017, the theatre was renovated.

The Putney Arts Theatre is a registered charity.

The Katherine Low Settlement is a charity founded in 1924 as part of the settlement movement. It is now a listed building and provider of charitable services to the local community in Battersea, South West London.

KLS is now a multi-purpose charity and community centre. The centre supports after-school projects and a youth club for young people with learning difficulties. For older people there are pensioners lunch club and health group, mental health drop-in and a support group for carers of people with long-term mental health problems. Other supported causes include the young carers' project which offers respite to young people who are caring (often alone) for a parent with disability. KLS plays host to refugees and asylum seekers, home/school support projects, and Sure Start for families with children aged under 4.

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External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Wandsworth

References[edit | edit source]

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