Crane Valley Living Landscape - London Wildlife Trust
A little-known valley in the depths of west London is the focus of an exciting scheme to breathe life into a neglected river – one whose waters are rich in history and a precious home for wildlife.
recognised as a vital wildlife corridor
The River Crane Living Landscape scheme is a 20-mile stretch of inter-connected green space that runs along the River Crane and its key tributary the Yeading Brook to the River Thames. The River Crane is one of the most natural rivers in London and is recognised as a vital wildlife corridor.
This scheme aims to restore the River Crane catchment to a thriving landscape that supports a rich variety of species and habitats, provides connectivity for people and wildlife, is adaptable to climate change and encourages public access.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
The scheme aims to:
• Maximise the use of the river corridor as a resource for healthier living and educational activities to improve quality of life for local people
• Develop a co-ordinated strategic plan that will raise awareness and support appropriate action for conservation, restoration or new approaches to design and management of the River Valley.
• Be the catalyst for improving and protecting the biodiversity of native flora and fauna by contributing to London’s Rivers and Streams Habitat Action Plan and working across boundaries to control pernicious weeds and pests.
Start date: 2007
Scheme area: 11,000 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Habitat loss and fragmentation, inappropriate development, climate change, pollution, invasive species.
This scheme is also...
Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, improving acces for people, providing health benefits and environmental education.
Natural England, Environment Agency, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Local Authorities, Thames Water, BAA Plc, FORCE (Friends of the River Crane Environment), Royal Parks Agency, Green Corridor, English Heritage, Walk London.