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Take me to the river

Fri 6 May 2016, 9:54 am

The estates manager of Berkeley St Edward's Stanmore Place housing scheme, Marc Gomes, has teamed up with waterways charity, Thames 21, to help transform the surrounding Stanmore Marsh.

Harrow Council is supporting the project, which is scheduled for completion by 2017. The aim is to transform the area into an inviting place for people to relax and play.

The creation of wetlands will provide a haven for wildlife and reduce flooding. Other features under development include a woodland trail, wild flower areas, marsh ditch, a gated play space, a naturalised riverbank and a pond dipping platform. 

Local children from the surrounding area have joined the team from Stanmore Place at weekends to assist in the clearing of the marshes and ponds. They also learn about factors relating to biodiversity and the environment. 

Gomes said: "This is a work in progress but we’re getting there. Once it’s complete, the restoration will benefit all of us."

On 28 April, Thames 21 held an ‘improving Harrow rivers’ talk.

Gomes will undertake training with local residents on 28 May to find out about water quality tests in order to gain an understanding of the health of rivers.

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