Lower River Crane Restoration

The Crane Valley Partnership has embarked on an ambitious project to restore/ rehabilitate 3 km of the lower River Crane, in the stretch between the Crane’s split with the Duke of Northumberland’s River (DNR) and Cole Park Island. 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.

You can see two storymaps here:

The delivery phase has started with a pilot scheme at Twickenham Rifle Club which will test some of the bankside and in-river enhancement techniques that may be used in due course in the wider Lower River Crane improvements project.

 Construction of a new backwater area, and the installation of an in-channel berm, will be completed in 2022/23.