We are delighted to announce the start of a new project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, the London Blue Chain.
This exciting project will benefit amphibians, reptiles and people by complementing the successful London Green Chain walking route with a London Blue Chain! The Blue Chain will improve the existing route for nature and for people by installing new ponds and wildlife corridors to increase and improve habitats and the connectivity for amphibians and reptiles.
The Green Chain consists of 50 miles of route stretching from the Thames in eastern Bexley all the way across to Nunhead Cemetery in Southwark. It crosses fields, parks and woodlands of the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Lewisham and Southwark. As well as these boroughs, our aim is for the Blue Chain to also flow through into Lambeth!
In November 2022 the new project manager, Kelvin, started in post. Kelvin is leading the first phase of this project which will be ongoing up until the end of Summer 2023. During this time he will be consulting and engaging with a variety of organisations and people, including local authorities, community groups, schools and any interested individuals at forthcoming events. We want to hear your thoughts and suggestions about the Blue Chain, especially if you and/or your community would like to be involved!
The interactive map below shows all of the Green Chain walking route and the boroughs the route intersects. We have also started plotting some of the existing blue spaces that can be found in and around the Green Chain. There are more blue spaces that we will be adding, in addition to new map layers showing the groups involved with the project so far and, of course, where the new ponds and wildlife interventions can be created. If you would like to suggest locations for existing and new ponds, please do contact Kelvin.
(We recommend viewing the larger map by clicking on the button in the top right of the map box.)
Upcoming Events and Activities
Below is a list of upcoming events and activities open for all to attend. There are a mixture of events where we’ll be talking to people about the project as well as activity sessions that may involve conservation works with partners, organised walks and more. Contact Kelvin for information or with any questions.
|Date & Time||Event (E) / Activity (A)||Location|
|10 & 11 June||E – Lambeth Country Show Stall||Brockwell Park, Lambeth|
|17 June – 12-6pm||E – Ruskin Park Summer Fete||Ruskin Park, Lambeth|
|24 June – 11-6pm||E – Maple Road Market||Maple Road, Bromley|
|29 June – TBC||A – Thamesmead Nature Forum||TBC, Thamesmead|
If you’re passionate about London’s amphibians and reptiles and want to support Froglife’s ambition to connect people with nature, you are just what we need as part of London Blue Chain volunteer team! Contact Kelvin to arrange an informal chat about the roles available.
Want to keep up to date on the London Blue Chain? Make sure to subscribe to our e-bulletin here!
Read the February Bulletin here.
To get involved or for any further information, email Kelvin at: email@example.com