New waterway improvement project for Bexley

The River Cray is set to benefit from a new community project led by London’s leading waterway charity, Thames21 and funded by Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB).

The project builds on the charity’s strong presence in the borough and will work closely with Bexley Council, linking in with its ambitious Green Grid plans, and involving residents in long-lasting improvements to their waterways.

There will be numerous opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and help make a difference to the local environment, with activities such as litter removal, family-friendly pond dipping and nature exploration, biodiversity enhancements, and invasive species removal.
New Thames21 Riverkeeper Michael Heath will lead the project, from a strong back ground in community service and environmental stewardship in the area.

He will manage a programme of practical events along the River Cray, Foots Cray Meadows and the Erith Thames Riverside, with a focus on increasing awareness and engagement on environmental issues.

Michael said the project was a great chance to bring people together for the benefit of the environment. “There is already a very strong community spirit in Bexley and I am really looking forward to working with people from all walks of life to improve the Cray,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the local waterways which are vital for wildlife and serves as a valuable community asset for relaxation and recreation. “

The project builds on the charity’s significant former work in the area, which ceased in March due to funding constraints, but was maintained by core group of volunteers.

Bexley volunteers Gaynor Hogart, Alan Bezodiz and Chris Rose all received a special mention in Thames21’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Awards for their efforts in protecting and caring for the Cray.

To get involved or for more information, contact Michael Heath or ph: 07968 805 751.