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