Wandle Trust

The Trout in the Classroom Project

This project teaches children about the outdoors indoors. Children in the four London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth learn about their local river, the Wandle, by raising wild brown trout from eggs to swim-up fry in a specially adapted aquarium in their classroom.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 September 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 July 2011




  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




In the London boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, through which the river Wandle flows above ground, many people’s perception of their local waterway is that of a polluted, neglected and dangerous place. The Wandle runs through an urban catchment of up to a million people and is, therefore, full of rubbish dumped by some members of the local community and, sadly, in some cases, by younger members of the community.


The Trout in the Classroom project is a hands-on activity that gives young people the chance to learn about their river and wetland wildlife. In this case they learn about wild brown trout, their lifecycle and their need for clear, fast flowing water, clean spawning gravel and good habitat. It helps them make the link between it and the young native brown trout that they have so carefully nurtured. We know that by being involved they will be less inclined to throw rubbish into the river.