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London Rivers Week

By Anna Taylor
21st June 2022

Access to nature and climate resilience remain core themes for London Rivers Week 2022, but this year there will be an additional focus on ‘Natural Recovery’.

The wildlife we see around us tells a story about our relationship with nature, the successes, and failures and what is being done to improve nature – particularly that associated with rivers and wetlands. London Rivers Week 2022 will shine a light on these stories to help us discuss what we can do to bring nature back to London.

Programme of events

Lost Rivers Club

Tuesday, 12th July, CPRE London, Cowcross Street at 6.30pm

Tom Bolton, lost river walker and writer, talks to three leading thinkers on London’s rivers:

  • composer and novelist, Kerry Andrew is a composer and novelist
  • poet, publisher, and the author, Tom Chivers and,
  • urban designer and researcher, Akil Scafe-Smith.

They’ll talk about the role that water plays in our perception and experience of London – as a transformative force, with the power to change places, change people and change our environment.

Find out more and book your ticket for the Lost Rivers Club on Eventbrite

Natural Recovery of Rivers and Wetlands

Wednesday, 13th July, CPRE London, Cowcross Street at 6.30pm

Join us for this Q&A with experts who will discuss the importance of rewilding and answer your questions. Ian Russell from the London Borough of Enfield will tell us about their exciting rewilding scheme. Lucy Shuker, Independent Environmental Advisor and Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, will share her thoughts on process-led river restoration. And Dave Webb, Chair of the London River Restoration Group, will talk about river restoration and climate change adaptation.

Find out more and book your ticket for the Natural Recovery of Rivers and Wetlands discussion on Eventbrite

Walk along the River Brent

Thursday, 14th July, meeting at Gurnell Leisure Centre at 6pm, or for shorter walk, at Fox Inn in Hanwell at 8pm

Walk along the River Brent and learn more about river restoration work in the area, including:

  • creating new wetlands
  • planting native aquatic plants, and
  • helping the river meander more naturally in its channel.

A great opportunity to learn how to get involved with similar initiatives.

More information and book your ticket for Walk along the River Brent on Eventbrite

Meander along River Quaggy

Friday, 15th July, meeting at Lewisham Station, 6pm

The River Quaggy is an urban river that runs through a surprising amount of green space, including the three parks we’ll visit. It’s one of the UK’s most heavily engineered rivers, and during the walk we’ll hear about the extraordinary work that has been put into its restoration and rewilding. This has included removing concrete channels and recreating flood plains, and even freeing the Quaggy from under the ground and letting it wind its way in Sutcliffe park. The ongoing restoration of the Quaggy is a success story for local action.

More about the Creative Meander along River Quaggy and book your tickets on Eventbrite

A Walk Along the River Roding

Sunday, 17th July, meeting at Ilford Station at 2pm

Discover the River Roding by exploring a little-known river walk in east London. Paul Powlesland of the River Roding Trust will lead the walk along a path he’s helped to open up with volunteers from the Friends of the River Roding.

More details and book your free place on Eventbrite

Places will fill quickly for our London Rivers Week events so please book early to avoid disappointment.