River Crane
River Crane at Kneller Gdns
Hurry along now! Yes right now. The Greater London Authority is stumping up some cash from the Mayor’s Big Green Fund to improve local green spaces across the capital. You get to vote on which projects are worthy of attention. The catch is that the 2nd March is the deadline to vote. So, who are you going to vote for? Why, you’re going to vote for ‘The Duke’s River Link’ of course.

The Duke of Northumberland’s River is an artificial waterway that comprises two sections, with the eastern part taking water from the River Crane at Kneller Gardens, up past The Stoop and Twickenham Stadium and on to the Thames at Isleworth and to the ornamental ponds at Syon Park. It was built about 500 years ago during the time of Syon Abbey.

What will happen if the project secures funding through the Big Green Poll? The intention is to make this short stretch of river into a haven for wildlife and also to improve the accessibility, signs and paths. After a couple of highly damaging pollution spills into the River Crane in recent years, this sounds like a plan that’s well worthy of your support.

* Info & voting (deadline 2nd March)
* Duke of Northumberland’s River