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River Brent Improvement

London Wildlife Trust are planning a whole series of ‘River Brent Improvement Project Workdays’. Alice Wickman of LWT says:

“Join London Wildlife Trust on a series of workdays installing habitat features on the River Brent in Hanwell, Ealing. 

The Water for Wildlife team, Ealing rangers and volunteers will work at four points along the river, to create a new backwater, install a reedbed, enhance banks and remove a fish barrier.  

These new habitat features will help make the river more resilient to pollution events, provide homes for a variety of wildlife and help to make the river greener and more attractive. 

These improvements will take place over a series of workdays, outlined below.  You are welcome to join a number of the workdays, or just one.  To book your place, please email with the date/dates you wish to attend.  

All tools and equipment will be provided, including boots/waders and protective gloves. Please bring a packed lunch if you are staying all day and wear warm outdoor clothes. The work will 

involve some manual handling and wading through the river on uneven surfaces, so a reasonable level of fitness [mobility] is required.”


Backwater enhancement


Reedbed enhancement


Brash berm installation 


Weir removal 


16th October


6th November


16th November


21st November


17th October


7th November


17th November


18Th October


8th November


18th November


20th November


The timings for each day will be: 10am to 4pm but we might well finish earlier on some days and you are all free to leave earlier or start later if needed for other commitments, just please let me know.

The meeting point for each day will be: The gate entrance to Brent Valley Park at the end of High Lane, London W7 3RT by Mayfield Primary School.

The nearest station is: Hanwell or Castle Bar Park or there are many local buses stopping nearby

Please bring: Lunch, suitable outdoor clothing with layers and a waterproof.

Facilities: we will be working relatively remotely so there won’t be many shops or facilities nearby.  We will have access to a nearby allotment toilet and our tools are being stored in a container nearby.

If you are very local and available on the 16th, please let me know if you are able to get down onsite earlier to help unload the delivery?

Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you all!

These improvements are a partnership project with London Wildlife Trust and Ealing Council

Funded by Rivers and Wetlands Community Days and Environment Agency.

LWT are doing the hard work in setting these working days up and providing resources that BRCS could not. So let’s support them as much as possible and get a good turnout!

Posted October 10, 2018