Get wild in Hounslow this summer during London Rivers Week!

To celebrate London Rivers Week, a series of events will be taking place between Monday 26 June to Sunday 2 July in Hounslow, to inspire local residents.

Published: Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Image of the River Crane

To celebrate London Rivers Week, a series of events will be taking place between Monday 26 June to Sunday 2 July in Hounslow, to inspire local residents to splash out and connect with the water wildlife. 

During this week-long initiative, people will be encouraged to discover how Hounslow’s rivers link open spaces together; and how they also act as a wildlife super highway for water voles, birds like kingfishers, bats and many species of fish.

Rivers in Hounslow in addition to the River Thames, include the River Crane, River Brent, Upper Duke’s and Lower Duke of Northumberland’s River, Longford River, Lower Feltham Brook and Felthamhill Brook.

In the past, when much of Hounslow was farm land, local rivers would have been one of the few places in the borough where industrial activities took place. The rivers’ water flow would have been the only major source of energy available to power industrial-scale production.

Hounslow’s water mills employed hundreds of local residents and its production included: flour, gunpowder, linseed, and copper plate.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure, Hounslow Council said: “Hounslow’s rivers provide some of the most tranquil places in the borough for people to walk and enjoy the local wildlife. People can also spot evidence of the local rivers’ industrial heritage.

“We should all be proud of our local rivers and be inspired during London Rivers Week. Residents can celebrate our local rivers and the many projects that are taking place across the borough to connect people with their local communities.”

Anybody wanting to get involved in a local river walk or talk taking place in Hounslow this summer, or would like to find out more about the history of local rivers, please visit the Friends of the River Crane Environment website

London Rivers Week takes place on Monday 26 June – Sunday 2 July.

To find out more, visit Thames21