Welcome to

South West London Environment Network 

(or SWLEN)


We are a charity helping people and organisations who protect and enhance the environment. We work in the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames and Hounslow.

We help environmental groups to start, operate, find volunteers, raise funds, get insured, share good practices and collaborate. Many of these groups help to manage parks or open spaces and are often referred to as friends if parks groups.

 If you need help with an environmental project see our Supporting environmental groups and Help for a group pages or contact us. We are currently working to set up a new group with residents around Suffolk Road Recreation Ground, Barnes. Please contact us for more information. 

To find out about local environmental groups, see Looking for a group? or see our map of groups and projects in Richmond upon Thames.

For voluntary work see Looking to volunteer? or contact us.


SWLEN also: 

  • Runs community based projects to promote energy and waste reduction and an environmental audit service for homes, community groups, charities and schools to help reduce energy, water and waste costs. See our Smart Communities webpages for more information.

  • Chairs and acts as the Secretariat of Richmond Biodiversity Partnership. We also collate and record ecology data for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, you can report sightings to us via email, via Twitter or Facebook

  • Runs sustainability projects, particularly those explaining the advantages of composting, recycling and waste reduction.


Many of the environmental events and activities listed on our Events Calendar seek volunteers and are run by environmental groups in Richmond Borough.



SWLEN design logo

(SWLEN logo designed by Sofia Morowka)