GLi champions Project Kingfisher education programme with new film

We are delighted to have teamed up with GLi, the logistics warehouse company, which has produced a short film documenting Project Kingfisher, our flagship education programme which deepens the younger generation’s experience of urban waterways.

As part of the company’s dedicated social value programme, Urban Life, GLi has joined forces with Project Kingfisher to champion river sessions in Merton, close to its forthcoming Mitcham site, that offer children an immersive, hands-on experience with the river.

GLi’s Urban Life programme has supported our Project Kingfisher education programme

The film aims to share the experience of local children who, through these sessions, are encouraged to explore not only the riverbank’s visible features but also the world thriving beneath the water’s surface. Through these river dipping and outdoor learning activities, primary school pupils and youth groups get close to diverse river inhabitants, while having the opportunity to explore their local area.

Polly Penn, Head of Working with Communities at the South East Rivers Trust, said: “We are delighted that GLi has decided to support our education programme. Support by businesses such as GLi is vital in helping us to inspire children by connecting them to rivers.

“Our aim is that every primary school child should experience the fun of outdoor learning. This helps young people not only learn the importance of protecting water but also helps them develop fantastic personal skills. Studies show that children who learn outdoors develop confidence in diplomacy, negotiation and social skills which in turn will help them prepare as adults for the challenges we face from climate change. We are delighted that GLi wishes to share in our vision.”

Children at Project Kingfisher
Children learning at an outdoor Project Kingfisher session

London’s rivers, once a vital part of the city’s industrial heritage, now serve as vital sanctuaries for urban biodiversity and community well-being. Recognising their pivotal role, GLi’s Urban Life programme advocates for the preservation and revitalisation of these historic waterways. Its commitment extends to supporting initiatives that improve access for the community, enhancing water ecology and supporting canal and river heritage education – enriching the lives of those around our industrial units.

The company is pleased to support Project Kingfisher’s work in Merton, ahead of their Mitcham Park development in the area, set to begin later this year.

Visit the Urban Life webpage to learn more.

The South East Rivers Trust runs Project Kingfisher education sessions designed for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils across the Beverley Brook, Hogsmill and Wandle rivers, outdoors and indoors. For details of all our sessions, along these and other river catchments, visit our education page where you will find details of how to book.