The River Ravensbourne flows through the boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley and Croydon in South East London before joining the Thames at Deptford. Widely recognised as the most engineered of London river catchments due to the concrete culverting imposed during the 1960s, the Ravensbourne these days boasts many celebrated stretches of river regeneration, whose parks support a broad range of plant and animal species.
The rivers and riverside green spaces are very popular with local communities who, along with river-based NGOs, play an important role in the rivers’ upkeep.
In 2015, Ravensbourne Catchment Partnership hosts Thames21 completed the Ravensbourne Catchment Plan. Following two years of extensive consultation and the production of development document ‘The Vision’ in 2014. The Ravensbourne Catchment Plan lays out both where we are in the catchment’s development and where we want to be in the future. We have listened to local people, local charities, friends’ groups and the boroughs to find out what everyone wants for the future of their rivers. Please click here to view the Plan
Ravensbourne Catchment Plan: your catchment, your aspirations 2015-2021
Ravensbourne Catchment – Your Vision 2014-2021
In 2012 Thames21 joined a range of partners from local community groups and charities to councils and government agencies to form the Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Group (RCIG). This group is working to improve the rivers of the Ravensbourne Catchment for people and for wildlife.
The priority for the RCIG is to develop, promote and deliver the Vision and Catchment Plan for the Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy rivers.
Within the completed Plan is the Ravensbourne Project Schedule, which contains the main projects that are in progress, in planning or in development along the catchment. These projects are aimed at carrying on the great work that has gone before along the catchment such as the delivery of Sutcliffe Park, Chinbrook Meadows and Ladywell Fields regeneration projects, so that we can remove as much hard engineering as possible, create as many natural habitats as feasible and improve the public amenity value of our waterways without compromising our capacity in dealing with major rainfall events.
The Ravensbourne Catchment Plan will be held within the Thames21 website before finding its own online home, where the Project Schedule can be updated with new exciting projects and where everyone can monitor progress and express their hopes for the future.
We work closely with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and borough planning and groundwater departments and it is hoped that the website will become a forum for pollution reporting, fly-tipping reports and invasive species mapping. We will also be able to post your water-quality testing results so you can see how your particular stretch of the river is performing.
The RCIG will continue to positively engage with the public by holding training days so that individuals can learn how to lead a river event or conduct water-quality testing. There is also an opportunity for your views to be raised at the RCIG meeting by contacting one of the RCIG partners.
However, if you feel your views are not represented by one of the existing partners please contact Lawrence Beale-Collins, the chair of the group, to discuss representing your group/organisation at the RCIG or to find other ways to become involved.
Catchment Improvement Group members
Thames21 is the RCIG ‘host’. Their role is to organise and coordinate the different members of the partnership, and drive Catchment Plan Project Schedule forward. Thames21 is also the initial contact point for any enquiries you may have.
Here is a list of RCIG partners:
The work of the RCIG is part of Defra and the Environment Agency’s ‘catchment-based approach‘(CaBA) to working with individuals and organisations that can make a difference to the health of England’s water environments. The catchment-based approach aims to deliver and raise awareness of the Water Framework Directive and what this means for our rivers, estuaries and coastal waters – which is EU legislation requiring improvements to water quality and the river environment.