Thames Estuary Partnership

Unsung Heroes: Championing the tidal Thames

We are seeking funds to support the evolution of our communications and education programmes to raise awareness of the myriad wonders of the Thames environment, to reach a broader audience and inspire the next generation of Thames Champions from all backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1083199)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Green Match Fund


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Estuaries are unsung heroes, our most biodiverse aquatic habitats. London’s unsung hero, the Thames, is internationally important, a wildlife superhighway home to seals, eels, fish and birds. It is our largest open space and our connection to the natural world in an urban landscape. Yet it is misunderstood by most, considered dead and dirty due to its natural brown colour. Myriad wildlife that thrives beneath the waves remain a mystery, the health and wellbeing benefits untapped.


Throughout 2021, building on our digital platform, podcasts and interactive maps, we will revolutionise our communications to be more inclusive, to resonate with people from all backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities. We will work with scientists and young people to help the next generation shape and protect the future of their local environment. We will support communities to share their Thames stories and enjoy this natural space near their homes for increased stewardship and wellbeing.

  • "The River Thames is London's greatest open space and it teems with wildlife. From leafy Richmond it flows through London, on into Kent and Essex into the North Sea and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean. So it is our link with the natural world which is so important for all of us"

    — Sir David Attenborough, excerpt from The Living Thames Documentary, co-produced by TEP

  • “Thames Estuary Partnership is a small organization managing an impressive coalition of partners from government agencies, industry, and civil society to find collaborative local solutions to managing the estuary in a more sustainable and productive way"

    — Louisa Hooper, Senior Programme Manager, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation