The Crane Valley Partnership

Restricted Access

Some stretches of the River Crane are inaccessible. This is due to private developments, local authorities unintentionally restricting access to the river, and land abandonment leading to fragmented, unmanaged spaces along the river corridor.

If green spaces in the catchment are well managed, communities are more likely to use these areas and take some pride in the place that they live. Green spaces give communities a sense of place and belonging and provide opportunities for recreation, health and fitness and social events. These areas in London offer an escape from the urban landscape and a rare opportunity to appreciate nature.

In 2009, a feasibility study  for the lower Crane Valley to become a Metropolitan Park of London, set out an important aspiration: to manage the currently fragmented open spaces along the Crane corridor together as a whole and to increase access through these spaces.