Thames21 at The Old Mill, Bexley Village

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….

Michael (in cap) with his team.

Michael (in cap) with his team.

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.

River work at The Old Mill, Bexley Village.

River work at The Old Mill, Bexley Village.

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