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|Partial / Incomplete Date||c.1929|
|Copyright 1||R. Stevenson|
|Notes / History||This photograph of Watermeads, upstream of Mitcham Bridge, was taken after it had become a National Trust property.
Watermeads was purchased for the Trust in 1914 and in 1929 it was in the hands of a voluntary local committee which adopted a ‘laissez-faire’ management policy.
In later years, after experimenting with a number of different approaches, the Trust has concentrated on planting tree species that are particularly suited to the wetland environment. The area is managed as a nature reserve and public access is restricted in order to protect its fragile eco-system.