In the spring I was approached by Crayford Baptist Church who wanted to raise funds for their building restoration with a sponsored river clean, but wondered just how much their congregation could achieve. No problem for we at Thames21 do get people out into and improve their rivers.
So a first a presentation to explain how to do it and then on a Saturday in August a determined group from the church donned waders and got stuck in; Lorry Tyres, Barrels, Shopping Trolleys, bags of rubbish, recyclables and stuff that does not belong were removed from the River Cray at Crayford.
They should be rightly proud of the mornings achievements a great event and wonderful example how Thames21 can work with local communities and look after our rivers. Well done to the Crayford Baptist Church. They showed us how working together communities can make a difference.
If you are interested give us at Thames21 a call. For those of you in and around Bexley here is a brief look at some of the Events in September.
Tuesday 15th September 2015; Volunteer River Keepers catch up meeting and review of Veolia River Cray Chalk Stream Habitat enhancements project at Foots Cray Meadows. Meet Foots Cray Meadows information Centre off Rectory Lane DA14 5BP at 1100
Wednesday 16th September2105; meet at the Depot for a late summer bash at the Himalayan Balsam on Byway 106 possibly with the Boat Thames21 Depot, Barnes Cray Road DA1 4NR. (100m along Byway 106 walking from Barnes Cray Road towards Crayford) 1030 -1500
Friday 18th September2015; meet at the Depot for preparation for the Saturday at FCM meet Thames21 Depot, Barnes Cray Road DA1 4NR. (100m along Byway 106 walking from Barnes Cray Road towards Crayford) 1200 -1500
Tuesday 22nd September 2015; Thames Road Wetland between 1030 & 1500 for commencement of the winter management of the site. The wetland was created in 2007 by the London Borough of Bexley. This compact site of 2.4 ha (6 acre) presents a number of management challenges. Never-the-less it packs a large and impressive punch in terms of the species to be found here. Noted for a list of plants that are uncommon in London and Kent, it hosts twelve species of Odonata, seven species of reptile and amphibian, and a growing suite of breeding and visiting birds. https://app.box.com/s/xkfx9h5v8eez7etiybk5 Thames Road Wetland can be found at , Thames Road J/W Crayford Way (Jolly Farmers Roundabout as was), DA1 4RF.River Cray Bridge (Byway 105)
Michael Heath. River Cray Project Officer. To get involved or for more information, contact email@example.com or phone 07968 805 751. Check thames21’s calendar of events www.thames21.org.uk/events for specific opportunities to get involved.