London Wildlife Trust: The Yeading Brook The Stafford Rd Open Space River Improvement Project
London Wildlife Trust is undertaking major habitat restoration works to The Yeading Brook in the London Borough of Hillingdon. This project has been developed via the Crane Valley Partnership. Our Thames Restoration Fund is contributing to this important project.
LWT and The London Borough of Hillingdon work together as part of the Crane Valley Partnership in order to fulfil the objectives of The Crane Valley Catchment Plan. London Wildlife Trust has been working with land owners in the upper catchment to identify and develop a river improvement project.
The project will contribute towards the delivery of the Water Framework Directive and the following measures required to improve the catchment:
1. Retain marginal and riparian habitats.
2. Preserve and where possible enhance the value of marginal aquatic habitat, banks and riparian zone.
3. Increase in-channel morphological diversity.
4. Preserve and where possible restore historic aquatic habitats.
A historic meander is being reinstated and two new backwaters are being created, this work will be further enhanced by led volunteering sessions that will be run to attract participation from and engagement with the community. Local volunteers will be able to take part in a river clean up, planting of native riparian plants and control of invasive non-native plants. Beyond this project volunteers will be referred to the London Borough of Hillingdon’s Green Spaces Team who will continue to hold volunteer sessions to manage the site in following years.
Main outcomes include:
• The improvement will be of benefit to flood risk management as the capacity of the river channel will be increased.
• Site aesthetics and the conservation value of Stafford Road Open Space will be greatly improved, enabling the London Borough of Hillingdon to apply for Green Flag accreditation.
• Public awareness of the Yeading Brook will be improved, helping local people to develop a sense of civic pride for their local river.
• Improved habitat connectivity with areas of high quality habitat downstream.
To find out more about the Crane Valley Project click here.