Wishing all Nature Lovers a peaceful and inspiring end of 2017 and a new year filled with hope and trust that all will balance and be whole.



The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 



Check out the flickr album on the home page by clicking the big logo as more photos have been included.  Fungi and walk to the shot tower with bird song and the wind song in the trees.  Wild spaces for all to share and value.

Click here for Wind Song:  Wind Song in the Sanctuary

woods near shot tower                              river near shot tower



Good News - All three applications are refused.  However, we are keeping these references here in case there are new applications or appeals on these three adjacent plots of land on the River Crane Corridor near Trafalgar School, the Meadway, as they are so important to the connectivity and biodiversity of this Gree Space MOL which are all in private ownership at present.

The Churchview planning application Ref:17/2759/FUL has been refused by delegated powers and the Report is on-line now to view.

The Belmont Road MOL new build was refused by our Council and also dismissed at Appeal and these reports are on-line Ref:15/5407/FUL.

The Campbell Close Field MOL has now been refused and the decision is on-line  Ref:16/2815/OUT.  


New Planning Application now online for your Comments

Please visit the planning portal at Richmond Council and see Ref:17/2759/FUL Three Mews Houses in Churchview Road.

We hope that after looking at all the facts you will support us in objecting to this build which we feel will be to the detriment of the Wildlife and the connectivity of the River Crane corridor.  There is an article in the 4th August Twickenham Tribune online newspaper under The River Crane Sanctuary title which outlines our reasons for opposing this build and we will be presenting a fuller report after consultation with neighbours and ecology experts.  We hope you will join us for a walk and lunch to debate the whole issue so we can hear all views.  Send me your email if you want to be kept in touch or look here for news.


Butterfly Count now!

I have e mailed all supporters with the butterfly count information and trust you will all find fifteen minutes to sit quietly in the Sanctuary to note any species you see and send your report to the Butterly Conservation Organisation.  We have put more photos on Page two of the album on this home page and hope you will send us your favourites from walks in the Sanctuary to add to our campaign to keep this area for the wildlife and not new builds.

Still struggling with IT so working on adding music and photos here but need help.......any offers?


Back to Campaign!

Hello and  thanks for all the e mails and offers for articles and help for our River Crane Sanctuary.  We are back now so more photographs and walks on the way!


Lucky Dozen walkers as the rain held off for us!

We will organise another walk/get together later in the year as this was so enjoyable as was the pub lunch afterwards.  Nut roast, veggie tagine to name a few choices high on the list as well as a tipple or two!  Apologies for the late notice but we are all busy and this just suited the majority of members who have supported this quest. We hope you visited the Hands Fair on the Green and supported the charities who do such good work locally and FORCE had a stand there too with lots of useful information about their work on the River Crane.  See their site for walks open to the public. Song in progress but good start with an impromptu sing song and we may get help from friends in the community choir later.  Everyone loved the poem from Ula and Alan working on MOL article ; Philip on Bats, Sara on social media......and more...Watch this space.

Members walk and Lunch on Bank Holiday Monday 29th June 2017 (e.mail if you want to join us)

Looking forward to seeing new faces and not so new faces.  Ula has penned a beautiful poem for us and it is on this page and hope you all enjoy reading it and we can recite it on our walk along with a song Iain and I have been rehearsing for the Sanctuary theme. Can you guess which one we have in mind?  

All the fun of the Fair and good causes too!

Thanks for all your kind support for this project so far and please keep connected.  The stall for Friends of the Earth was not near the Cricketers but we found it and some of us signed up for the 'Tube' to position near our major roads to gather information on pollution for their campaign on Air Quality.  We also spread the word about The Sanctuary to people who care enough about taking action in areas they feel passionate about and they seemed to like what we were doing.  Would you believe it... the Beer Festival was in progress in the Princes Head on The Green and we lost supporters to a lunch and a pint!  Sorry if you did not find us but it was a fabulous day and so many people and stalls and we hope you had a good time and see you at the next event.



Richmond May Fair Saturday 13th May 2017 on Richmond Green.

We will be supporting Friends of the Earth by visiting their stall (somewhere near the Cricketers Pub). Their focus is on Air Quality which we very much support  and want to promote in our Sanctuary.  See you there!