Duke of Northumberland's River Cleaned Up
Historic waterway spruced up for the Rugby World Cup
Scooters, bikes, toys, votive offerings and two guns have all been dredged up by a group of volunteers busy giving a historic stretch of river a clean bill of health ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015.
First built in the early 16th Century to power a monastery’s lucrative mills, the river now wends its way through residential areas and backstreets from its source, a diverted channel from the River Crane in The Meadway, West Twickenham, to Staines Road, Hounslow, feeding two ornamental ponds in Syon Park en route to the Thames.
The project has been financed by City Hall’s £2million Big Green Fund which is set to transform seven areas of London.
Thousands of Londoners voted for the Duke of Northumberland's River and the adjacent Riverside Walk to be given a share of the cash in January.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Cabinet Member for Environment, Hounslow Council, said: “This project is designed to spruce up this little-known green corridor so that it is free of rubbish that has blown in from the surrounding area or been fly-tipped. It is a very quirky piece of the borough’s history and one that deserves to be brought back to life for everyone to enjoy.
“My thanks go to The Conservation volunteers and also to Carillion and Hounslow Highways for their hard work in getting this project underway.”
August 27, 2015