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Environment Fund

In spring 2021 we sought bids for financial support for projects that help improve the environment of the tidal Thames, in line with the goals of our river development framework, the Thames Vision.

The environment fund is part of the PLA’s work to deliver the Thames Vision, which aims to secure greater use of the Thames and see the river between Teddington Lock and the North Sea become the cleanest since the Industrial Revolution.

In our first round of annual project funding, we looked to fund projects that achieve specific objectives around Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and Litter. A total of £25,000 was available for schemes, with no single project receiving more than £5,000.

See the projects that received funding here.

Who was eligible to bid?

  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • NGOs
  • Universities and academia
  • Other not for profit organisations

What types of project were we looking to support?

The full list of objectives for projects that the fund supported is:

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS)

  • Eradication of an INNS in an area of the Tidal Thames
  • Trial of a new method for the management or eradication of a INNS on the Tidal Thames
  • Relevant research into the life cycle, ecosystem interactions or spread of INNS on the Tidal Thames with the aim of better informing eradication of the species in the Tidal Thames.

Litter

  • Design and/or trial of a new innovative method of macro and micro litter removal from the foreshore and water of the Tidal Thames
  • Research into the pathways of litter and pollution entering the Thames; including ways of managing these pathways
  • An educational programme relating to litter and it’s impacts on the environment.
  • A public awareness campaign to drive a long-lasting reduction in the amount of litter entering the Tidal Thames