Michael Heath’s October Thames21 blog

Time to put your thermals on and join us on the River Cray

The Thames21 River Cray project has been active during the late summer and early autumn well done to the Volunteer River Keepers who enabled us to deliver a series of events on and around the River Cray.

Autumn arriving at our new RMS bank on the River Cray Foots Cray Meadows

We welcomed back Gordon Davis and his young team who came down to Crayford during the School Holidays. On the theme of young people we again this year engaged with the National Citizens Service and our nominated groups spent two Saturdays in September at Foots Cray Meadows.

This week we were busy: With our annual Sixth Form River Study Session with Plumstead Manor School. Also after a number of years the project return to Bedons Brook at the Streamway Belvedere where we facilitated a group of local school students with a much needed river clean up.

On top of this there is still work to be done: Continuing on the Foots Cray Meadows project and we have commenced our winter schedule for the management of the Thames Road Wetland. Look out for more opportunities here as we will soon be announcing an exciting new project at this wetland site and the adjacent River Wansunt.

Linked to this is the new Thames21 post of Assistant River Cray Project Officer- the application process is currently open see  http://www.thames21.org.uk/vacancies/

This with other HQ duties and project Planning means we have a slightly reduced schedule of events. Do not worry there is a winter programme in the making with the possibility of new tasks and locations without ignoring the need for winter deep cleans at your favourite sections of our Rivers. So thermals on and see you on the Cray very soon.

The boys ready for Winter Action - Join this Team

Here are some dates for next Month, all welcome but do contact me if you want to come alongMichael.Heath@thames21.org.uk Tel 07968805751:

Wednesday 28th October 2015; meet at the Depot for a Kit Maintenance session Thames21 Depot, Barnes Cray Road DA1 4NR. (100m along Byway 106 walking from Barnes Cray Road towards Crayford) 1030 -1500

Thursday 29th October 2015 Chalk Stream River Cray Habitat Enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows. Continue with ‘Snagging’ (for want of a better term) some of our marginal bank creations need some attention. We will be on site from 1030 to 1530 come along and join in. meeting at the Leafield Lane Gate, Leafield Lane DA14 5EB

Friday 6th November 2015. A Pre Remembrance Sunday Community Clean up of the river Cray at Waterside Gardens, Crayford. There is a war memorial area within these gardens beside the Cray Meet 1030 The Parade, Waterside Gardens DA1 4JA. Finish 1300.

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