Get to know the Action for Silk Stream project

Plants and leaves surrounding a river
There are plenty of opportunities to participate and support the project, from monthly volunteering events to training courses.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate World Rivers Day on Sunday 24th September and get involved with some hands-on activities, we might have just the right option for you.

Have you heard of our Action for Silk Stream project? It’s a partnership initiative, led by Harrow Council and Barnet Council, with involvement from Thames21 and others, funded by Defra. The Silk Stream is a major tributary of the River Brent in North London, rising on the Harrow Weald and Barnet Plateau and joining the Brent at the Welsh Harp Reservoir.

It provides an important habitat for wildlife and is a designated Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, along with Burnt Oak Brook, and also a Site of Special Scientific Interest where the Silk Stream meets the Welsh Harp Reservoir.

The project aims to help tackle the effects of climate change by increasing flood resilience in the Silk Stream catchment as well as improving water quality, boosting biodiversity, and providing enjoyable blue and green spaces for the local community.

It explores the implementation of natural flood management techniques, which work with nature to slow the flow of water entering rivers, create natural flood storage and reconnect rivers to their flood plains.

In a changing climate, drought and flood events are becoming more common, exacerbated by population growth and ageing infrastructure assets. When implemented in proper manner, nature-based solutions can be used to reduce the risks of floods and droughts. We are working with volunteers to help tackle the climate emergency on the ground. Do you want to help us in this cause? We hope your answer is yes.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate, from monthly volunteering events to training courses. Check our ‘What’s On’ page to keep up to date with our calendar!