Warden Scheme

The volunteer wardens undertake to walk beside the river at intervals throughout the year, and to report on any problems that they see. 

Problems with the condition of the Thames Path (signs, potholes, broken gates, etc) are reported to the National Trails Office or other rersponsible authorities. Fallen trees that might be blocking the river and sources of pollution to the river are reported to the Environment Agency or the Port of London Authority.

Most wardens take a plastic bag with them to pick up litter on their walks.  Some of the reaches are trouble free and stay in good repair - so the warden's report is simply to say that all is well.  Some wardens like to tell us about the good things that they see on their reaches e.g. interesting birds or plants, improvements to the Thames Path, facilities for visitors or boats. 

The warden duties are entirely voluntary, so we all act in our own ways. A few who live beside the river combine the wardenship with a daily walk. Others live at a distance from the river and being a warden is an additional reason for a riverside walk.

The wardens on the non-tidal reaches work in partnership with National Trails volunteers and there is always a need for additional volunteers to help tackle some of the tasks involved in keeping the Thames path safe and enjoyable.  If you would be interested in assisting with this work or finding out more about practical conservation activities please contact the Thames National Trails office, 01865 810224, thames.path@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

River Warden
Co-ordinators:
 (non tidal)
RTS Branch Chairmen.

 

River Warden Peter Finch
 Co-ordinator: 0208 969 9941
 (tidal) Sailor1057@aol.com

David Thomas

River view at Iffley Lock

 Kingfisher