A leap forward for the green recovery in Cranford's River Crane

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the project, London’s River Crane – Reclaiming the Riverside has been awarded a grant of £211,900 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Published: Thursday, 26th August 2021

Volunteers working together on reclaiming Cranford's River Crane. Photo: TCV

The Council is committed to regenerating the local environment in collaboration with the Crane Valley Partnership, Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE), Cranford Action Group and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), which is why maintaining our local parks and green spaces is so important.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and the project, London’s River Crane – Reclaiming the Riverside has been awarded a grant of £211,900 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which will help the Council to revitalize Cranford's River Crane and make a major contribution to improving climate change initiatives.

As part of the project, TCV will coordinate closely with Cranford Action Group, London Boroughs of Hounslow and Hillingdon, London Wildlife Trust, Let’s Go Outside and Learn CIC, FORCE and the Crane Valley Partnership to restore the green corridor along the River Crane at Cranford, West London, revitalising 3km of riverside and adjoining habitat while putting the diverse local community at the centre of the process.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“We are excited to hear this significant development and hope it contributes to strengthening biodiversity and addressing climate change by improving and restoring the environment for the benefit of our communities and economy.

“The Council is committed to creating a fairer, greener, and more resilient economic landscape as a priority, so everyone can live and work in an environmentally-friendly borough.”

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is an important part of the Government's 10 Point Plan to foster nature recovery and combat climate change. The projects will boost mental and physical wellbeing by connecting people to nature as well as improving the access to greenspace and nature.

Ruth Gerrard, Development Manager at TCV, said:

“TCV is delighted to be working with our local partners in Hounslow and Hillingdon to help restore this valuable section of the river. We’re particularly excited to be working with Cranford Action Group, who are an effective grassroots movement in the community and have already achieved a phenomenal amount litter clearance locally.

“The latest State of Nature report shows how much pressure our rivers and riverside habitats are, and we know how important greenspaces are for health and wellbeing, especially in this urban community which has seen the riverside environment decline over many years. This project will make a huge difference to this stretch of the River Crane, both for wildlife and local people.”

The project is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

The full list of awards is available to view here.

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