Michael Heath and his team working this morning on the River Cray in Bexley Village at The Old Mill.
Passing through the Village I bumped into Michael and his team hard at work.
Work Michael described to me as “a cross between practical conservation and gardening”, reflecting the fact that there is a need for more vegetation management here on the banks than on most stretches of the river so as to keep passers-by happy with a neater appearance than we might want elsewhere.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my wellies with me….
The bankside vegetation was being cleared of nettles and brambles, the mid-stream weeds cut back so that the stream doesn’t clog and some channels were being cut into the mid-stream island to give a greater variety of habitats and force of flow to benefit aquatic invertebrates.
There are a number of dates in our calendar for work parties on The Cray and the other rivers in the Borough.