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Project LeaderGreen CorridorProject PartnersLondon Borough of Richmond-upon-ThamesLondon Borough of HounslowEnvironment AgencyLondon Wildlife TrustFriends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE)Kneller GardensMoormead ParkNorthcote Nature ReserveTidal Crane AssociationFunding SourcesEnvironment AgencyDefraHeathrow Community FundThames WaterProject Budget> £100,000Project Timescale2017 -

Lower River Crane

The Crane Valley Partnership has embarked on an ambitious project to restore / rehabilitate 3 km of the lower River Crane, between the split with the Duke of Northumberland’s River (DNR) and Cole Park Island (see map below). Instead of a bare concrete channel, often hidden from view, we want to see:

  • a more natural river full of plants, fish and wildlife, running through re-landscaped parks and open spaces, with improved facilities;
  • an accessible riverside path all the way from Kneller Gardens to Northcote Nature Reserve; and
  • more space in the river channel for water, to reduce the risk of flooding.

This will be a long-term process, the stages of which are described in the figure below.

The feasibility stage of the project (Stage 4) has been finalised. The final report can be downloaded below. Atkins Ltd was appointed to undertake the feasiblity and options development study of the 3 km stretch. An options workshop was held in November 2018, which was attended by representatives of local Friends' groups, NGOs, Richmond and Hounslow Borough Council officers and councillors and the Environment Agency.

As part of the initial public consultation for this project to gather views and comments on the Vision (Stage 3), feedback was sought through a questionnaire between 23 November 2017 and 8 January 2018. This feedback assisted in informing the feasibility stage of the project. The analysed results from the questionnaire is summarised in a report also available for download below.

Stage 2, the production of a Vision document, was completed in April 2017. This document is not a detailed physical proposal, but it did aim to paint a picture of an inspiring, sophisticated and holistic ambition. It was the very first stage of a process of feasibility assessment, design development, consultation and teamwork that looks to nurture and deliver this ambitious project over the coming years.

Resources available to help you gain a better understanding of the project is also listed below.



Related Projects

  • Running alongside this project, the Environment Agency will also be undertaking flow improvement investigations for a year. This project started at the end of November 2017.

Lower River Crane map
Lower River Crane project process