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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 AgencyDefraProject Budget> £100,000Project Timescale2017 -

Lower River Crane

The Crane Valley Partnership is embarking 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. We have finished Stage 2, the production of a Vision document. This document is not intended as a detailed physical proposal at this early stage. But it does aim to paint a picture of an inspiring, sophisticated and holistic ambition. It is 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.

As part of the initial public consultation for this project to gather views and comments on the Vision, feedback was sought through a questionnaire between 23 November 2017 and 8 January 2018. This feedback will help inform the feasibility stage of the project. The analysed results from the questionnaire is currently being processed and will be published on the website in due course.

Resources available to help you gain a better understanding of the project is 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