FORCE is involved in several projects at any one time.  These vary from small scale one-off surveys to larger scale work alongside our partners.

Below are listed recent projects in which FORCE is or has been involved.  Click to see PREVIOUS PROJECTS...

Project Title
Walks & Talks
Every year FORCE arranges Walks and Talks for both members and the public along the River Crane, Duke of Northumberland River and Crane Valley.  These free walks are well attended, covering many topics : birds, trees, river invertebrates, local history, voles, mindfulness. This report on the 2017 season shares lots of interesting information about the walks.
FORCE 2017
Community Learning Project
This project built on previous environmental improvement and community engagement projects which FORCE and partners have delivered in the green spaces along the River Crane. Heathrow Community Funding enabled a programme of education with local schools, community learning of traditional conservation skills, walks and talks, plus a Green Gym in the London Borough of Richmond. 
Mill Road Interpretation

FORCE worked with TCV and Richmond Council to open up an inaccessible area at the end of Mill Road. The site and neighbouring estate was once a working mill, home to an exiled king, and a 17th century military hospital. An archaeological survey and historical images form the basis of the interpretation put in place in February 2016 with an explanation of the modern environmental significance. Our thanks to London Community Foundation and Richmond Civic Trust for funding.  Take a walk along Mill Road to see !

FORCE worked with Trafalgar Junior School to develop an exhibition focused on the children’s’ understanding of the history of the site, presented as The Mystery Mill held at Twickenham Musuem. 

FORCE 2015 / 2016
Duke's River Project

In 2014 local people successfully voted in the Mayor of London's Big Green Fund II enabling £157,500 funds for the Duke of Northumberland River, as reported in July 2015. A further £450k has been allocated, largely through council S106 funds.  Thames Water is supporting improvements along the river through Mogden STW.  

There have been improvements to the environmental and community value along the river, providing improved pathways, new mapping and signage, the removal of around 20 tonnes of rubbish, marginal vegetation and habitat improvements. More details, plus a map are on the CVP website. We often have walks along the route, come and join us !

GLA, CVP, ZSL, FORCE 2015 ongoing
Citizen Crane Project The Citizen Crane project started in April 2014 in conjunction with ZSL, Frog Environmental, and with a network of 50 volunteers, monitors water quality and ecological value every month at 11 sites throughout the Crane catchment.  In summer 2016 in our “outfall safari”, volunteers walked the full 30km length of the river, recording and assessing a total of 235 surface water outfalls.  Eight of these were sufficiently polluting for immediate investigation by the Environment Agency, and the overall data set will be of great value in prioritising investment by Thames Water.
A full set of project reports and links to all the data sets can be found on the Crane Valley Partnership (CVP) website.
FORCE, ZSL and Frog Environmental 2015 ongoing
Crane Wetlands Project A mapped summary of actual and completed projects along the River Crane. These include river margin improvements along the whole of the river system, de-culverting proposals for small upstream channels and the re-connection of meanders; plus ambitious proposals to improve the lower 2500m of the river, currently within a concrete channel.  Further information can be found via the CVP web-site. CVP April 2015
Balsam Bash Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species populating the banks of the River Crane overcoming native species reducing plant diversity and local fauna.   Annually FORCE link with other organisations to remove the balsam. Join us for the Balsam Bash, a fun day out.  The balsam is so easy to pull out we can achieve a lot very quickly ! Co-ordinated by Crane Valley Partnership Annual