Chiswick Pier Trust Presents Talk on the Recovery of Lost Thames Flood Plains

Rewilding Arcadia is a live webinar by Jason Debney

Over 395,000 hours of volunteer conservation work due to partnership
Over 395,000 hours of volunteer conservation work due to partnership


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The latest in the Talks by the Thames series presented by Chiswick Pier Trust is by Jason Debney from the Thames Landscape Strategy.

Rewilding Arcadia is a talk about the recovery of the lost flood plains from Hampton to Kew, known as the Arcadian Thames. It takes place on Tuesday 30 March at 7.30pm.

Jason Debney, co-ordinator of the Arcadian section of the Thames Landscape Strategy, will speak about the series of nature-based flood risk management projects designed to restore the lost floodplain to re-reconnect water, people, heritage and wildlife with the natural cycles of the Thames.

Rewilding Arcadia is part of an initiative launched by Sir David Attenborough for the Restoration of the Lost Floodplain. This sets out a long-term series of measures that would see the incremental evolution of the landscape in response to climate change, and Rewilding Arcadia is the latest stage of this initiative.

As the climate changes, the Arcadian Thames faces a new challenge. Models predict that over the next 50 years many of the public walks, parks and gardens that characterise the Arcadian Thames will need to adapt, in response to increasing flood risk, if they are to retain their special landscape character, recreational value, cultural significance and wildlife diversity. The Thames Landscape Strategy has been at the forefront in developing solutions to this challenge.

The Thames Landscape Strategy has been the catalyst for a renaissance in the fortunes of the Arcadian Thames. The 1994 cross-river vision has steered change, influencing policy and planning decisions, with many Thames Landscape Strategy aspirations now firmly embedded in the London Plan and other strategies. The partnership has raised £21m for restoration, environmental management and educational projects and has been the mechanism for 395,000 hours of volunteer conservation work.

This webinar is free, although any donations will be gratefully received to support Chiswick Pier Trust in its work of bringing people to the River. Tickets can be obtained from

The Chiswick Pier Trust runs the Chiswick Pier and Pier House. In this role it manages the commercial and residential moorings at the Pier, as well as venue and conference hire at Pier House.

The trust works to engage people with the River Thames. It provides access to the Thames and support major river events, as well as organising events of its own. It also hosts an annual season of 'Talks by the Thames' which highlight the history, wildlife and ecology of the Thames.

For further information on the Pier check the Chiswick Pier Trust's web site.

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March 13, 2021

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