The Maidenhead to Teddington or Lower Thames Catchment covers the River Thames between Hurley and Teddington, a distance of 64.5 km. The catchment area extends over 422 km2. It contains: 12 Rivers, 8 lakes, 4 groundwater bodies. It includes areas of south-west London, rural areas of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey, and the suburban towns of Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Bracknell, Staines, Walton-on-Thames, Sunbury and Teddington for example. Included in the Maidenhead to Teddington Catchment area are the main river tributaries of the Thames: Bull Brook; the Cut; Chalvey Ditch; Salthill Stream; Roundmoor Ditch and Boveney Ditch.
Maidenhead to Teddington Catchment Plan – 2015 (updated July 2015)
Maidenhead to Teddington Catchment Plan – 2017 (Based on 2015 Catchment Plan)
The catchment area is highly diverse, with the Thames channel, its tributaries, lakes, and overlapping ground water bodies designated heavily modified or artificial. The modification of these rivers and the surrounding developments has led to the diminished diversity in the Thames, and has highly reduced its benefits natural resource.
There are many long standing active groups in this catchment delivering projects and activities locally.
Canoe England (previously known as British Canoeing) supports environmental projects on many waterways in partnership with River Trusts and organisations. Members and canoe clubs participate in litter picks and river clear up activities in the Lower Thames Catchment. Information and guidance to promote this work has been developed.
The Thames Landscape Strategy 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.
Thames21 delivery project works with local communities to develop and manage a programme of community engagement and environmental enhancement activities along the Non-Tidal Thames catchment upstream of Teddington Lock.
Working with the local community and local stakeholders a ‘Pilot Catchment Plan’ was produced for the River Thames from Maidenhead to Sunbury in 2012. Consultation was carried out through public workshops and questionnaires to gather local views on the catchment.
As catchment host Thames21 subsequently initiated the formation of the new Maidenhead to Teddington Catchment Partnership.
The MTCP was successful in securing Catchment Partnership Action Fund (CPAF) 2015-2016 for The Home Park and SuDS Project. The project was delivered from April 2015 to March 2016. This enabled completion of works undertaken to restore the channels, and installation of fish and eel passes, and reeds by Historic Royal Palaces, and Thames Landscape Strategy across Home Park, Hampton Court Palace.
This was followed by community and partnership project site visits, open days, walks, and Thames21 education sessions for local schools, with over 300 school children took part in the education sessions. Details of the improvement works undertaken can be found here.
The Catchment Partnership Network has been made up of:
Association Thames Yatch Club
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Elmbridge Borough Council
Friends of Desborough Island
Friends of Hurst Park
Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust
Historic Royal Palaces
Lower Sudbury Residents Association
Maidenhead & Windsor Borough Council
Residential Boat Owners Association
Royal Holloway University of London
River Thames Angler’s Conservancy
River Thames Society
River Users Group 8
Runnymede Borough Council
Slough Borough Council
Spelthorne Borough Council
Surrey Wildlife Trust
SWIPE Music Projects
Thames Landscape Strategy
Thames Valley Angling Association
The New River Thames Alliance
Thames River Trust
Organisations and groups are expected to be added as the partnership continues to develop. It aims to create of the vision for the future of the Lower Thames Catchment and develop a comprehensive catchment plan to improve water quality, increase recreational opportunities, improve flood resilience and create a wildlife-rich landscape which can adapt to the problems of climate change.