Lea River Ecology

The Lower Lea River has long since been associated with industry and being a conveyor for domestic and industrial effluent, shut off to the public for decades and had a reputation of being one of the most polluted river in the UK.  Since the late 1960’s when the area’s industry went into steep decline, London’s second river has however become a vital waterways habitat that is now home to an amazing array of wildlife.   GDP’s Cody Dock and Cody Wilds project seek to promote greater awareness of this amazing asset, strengthen the existing wildlife habitats and and ensure that this wildlife continues to flourish alongside the emerging regeneration that is set to line the river’s banks.

You can read more about the Lower Lea’s wildlife by reading this article written by Cody Dock volunteer and local environmentalist Paul Ferris.

Partners

Pocket Parks project

The Mayor of London’s Pocket Parks funding scheme and the Veolia Environmental Trust enabled Cody Dock volunteers to build a small but perfectly formed sensory garden complete with formal planting, bog land and ornamental grasses, planters of edible herbs and outdoor classroom.

This tranquil space welcomes visitors walking The Line Sculpture Trail and exploring the Lower Lea river path and is regularly used by schools and community groups for outdoor education and cross curricular field studies, and by local business for meetings and social events.

The Outdoor Classroom space can be hired for private and community bookings – availability and prices, can be found here.

Cody Wilds

In 2014, Cody Dock was runner up in Kew Gardens’ national flagship Grow Wild competition. Off the back of this application, Gasworks Dock Partnership, Thames 21, Newham Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation initiated Cody Wilds. The transformation of a one km stretch of previously unused tidal river path into a green wildlife corridor, linking Bow Ecology Park and the memorial gardens at Twelvetrees Crescent, providing an essential green corridor for the diverse wildlife to re-route from the many neighbouring brownfield sites that are imminently due for redevelopment.

Phase one included the introduction of half a km of green grids bolted to the river wall to encourage new reedbeds by Thames 21, development of a planting plan and relaxed maintenance scheme by GDP and RSPB, and the inclusion of Cody Wilds on all of TfL’s new signage and maps for the area.

GDP is now working with local schools, businesses and environmental organisations to take over the day to day management and further development of this environmental habitat. If you are interested in being involved in this, please visit our collaboration page.

Lea River Park / Leaway

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Wild about the Crescent

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