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Watling Park SSFRI Mini-Festival

January 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Watling Park SSFRI Mini-Festival

A mini-festival to promote the the park, the environment and particularly, the Burnt Oak Brook! Join Thames21 for a day of fete style games, river activities, exhibitions and much more. Drop by between 10am-3.30pm to talk about the project and join in various activities.

The aim of this event is to catch passers-by and talk to as many local residents as possible and promote the Silk Stream Flood Resilience Innovation Project, as well as Unblocking the Burnt Oak Brook and ObstacEELS. 3x Thames21 projects will be running on this day so there is plenty to get involved with. Expect:

    • Fete Style Games (Feed the Fishes Game // (Don’t) Hook a Duck // Volleyball & more)
    • Music (Recorded with Portable PA System)
    • River Activities (River Dipping // Wading // ObstacEELS Survey)
    • Conservation Work (Vegetation Management // Clean-ups)
    • SSFRI Exhibition (Maps // Posters & more)
    • Free Refreshments (Tea, Coffee & Cakes)

Key Info:
This is an outdoors event so dress appropriately.
There are no toilets in the park – the nearest public toilets are at Burnt Oak Library or along the main road.
We’ll be based at the Watling Avenue / Orange Hill Road entrance.
No prior sign-up needed, all activities can be joined on the day.


This event is part of the Silk Stream Flood Resilience Innovation Project, a 6-year, £6 million project to help tackle the effects of climate change by making space for water, reducing flooding and improving water quality in the Silk Stream catchment for the benefit of communities and the environment.

Local communities are at the heart of this project and as such we are looking to broaden our reach. Through this project you will have the opportunity to input into the designs of our green and blue spaces, a concept called “co-design”.

Led by Barnet Council, and Harrow Council. Funded by the Environment Agency and DEFRA. Click here for more information on the Silk Stream Project or contact

This project is funded by Defra as part of the £150 million Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme which is managed by the Environment Agency to develop and test new approaches to resilience tailored to local communities.



During the day, two other Thames21 projects will be running. See below for “Unblocking the Burnt Oak Brook”, practical conservation volunteering with Michael O’Neill, and “ObstacEELS”, eel barrier surveying with Philippa Nicholls.


Michael O’Neill’s regular vegetation management sessions will be running in the morning and afternoon (approximately 11am and 2pm but timings may change on the day).

Join the regeneration of the Burnt Oak Brook. You can be an important part of the re-wilding of your local Brook. We are looking for people to become stewards of the river – helping clean up, re-plant, and take an active role in caring for their open spaces. WE NEED YOU!

All sign-up will be managed on the day!
We will be cleaning-up and enhancing the river bed, banks and park area. Our Events will consist of litter picks, creature surveys, scrub clearance, and re-planting Events. Help make the best of this space!

We provide the tools. You are not required to bring any equipment, all required tools will be provided for at the events. The concept of our Community Volunteering Events, is often about setting up local people with the tools and skills required to carry on self sufficiently. This helps them to go on and create lasting volunteer groups, or friends of groups that improve their areas for everyone, in a lasting legacy that benefits us all.



At 11am and 2pm, we will be running ObstacEELS Surveys. This is a chance to learn more about the critically endangered European eel and wade in the river looking for barriers to eel migration.


Further Info
Join Philly to help survey barriers to eel migration across the Burnt Oak Brook and Silk Stream. This is a citizen science project developed by ZSL , working with project partners of the Thames Catchment Community Eels Project. The aim is to collect data to enable a strategic approach to future eel projects, such as potential eel pass installation on barriers or weir removal/modification, to improve the future of the critically endangered European eel.

Why is this important?
The European eel urgently needs our help. Numerous challenges face this fascinating species including ‘river obstacles’, such as weirs, sluices and locks which can prevent upstream migration for eels – a vital part of their life cycle. By joining an ObstacEELS Survey, you will help collect data to fully survey barriers, contributing to the Fish Migration Roadmap and help us see where best to target our practical habitat work for eels.


For more information on the project click the links below:



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