PROJECTS IN THE CRANE VALLEY

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...

Projects
Project Title
Outline
Author
Timeline

Bench Maintenance Project

This project assessed the condition of the hand carved benches in the park given some were 10 years old.  The initial project refurbished the benches in September 2018, and will continue on an annual basis. Bench Maintenance report
FORCE 2018 ongoing
Lower Crane Restoration Project
FORCE is part of the steering group for this exciting project, managed by the Crane Valley Partnership.  A vision to improve the value of the Lower Crane was launched in late 2017.  A feasibility study was commissioned in summer 2018 and is due to report further in spring 2019.  Further details on this project can be seen here
CVP 2017 ongoing
Litter Monitoring project
Litter particularly plastic pollution in the river and marine environments of the UK is a major concern. Initiatives to assess and reduce the impact of this pollution include ZSL, Thames21 and the European RIMMEL project. In December 2016 FORCE commenced a project to assess litter collected in the lower River Crane.  FORCE current report.
 FORCE 2016 ongoing
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 2017 season report informs attendance, popularity and updates.
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 an additional Green Gym in the London Borough of Richmond 2017. 
FORCE, TCV 2016
Mill Road Interpretation

FORCE worked with TCV and Richmond Council to open up inaccessible land 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 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 of the history of the site, presented as The Mystery Mill 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 50 volunteers monitoring water quality and ecological value every month at 11 sites in the Crane catchment.  In 2016 in our “outfall safari”, volunteers walked the full 30km length of the river assessing a total of 235 surface water outfalls.  Eight were sufficiently polluting for immediate investigation by the Environment Agency. The data was of great value in prioritising investment by Thames Water.
A full set of project reports and data sets can be found on the Crane Valley Partnership (CVP) website.  The latest report for Year 4 (April 2017 to March 2018) can be seen here.
FORCE, ZSL and Frog Environmental 2015 ongoing
Crane Wetlands Project This map summarises river improvements carried out (or planned) by the Crane Valley Partnership. These include river margin improvements, 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


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